Military aircraft will again be flying over hospitals throughout Minnesota on Wednesday as a salute to the service healthcare workers are providing during the coronavirus pandemic.
Last week, Twin Cities metro area hospitals had aircraft flyovers, and this time around the focus will be on 38 other cities, all but one of them located in greater Minnesota.
"We heard you greater Minnesota. This Wednesday, May 13, aircraft from the 148th Fighter Wing, 133rd Airlift Wing and 934th Airlift Wing will be flying over locations in the northern and southern portions of the state to recognize frontline workers in the COVID-19 response," said the Minnesota National Guard in a Facebook post.
The flight path for the F-16 Fighting Falcon jets and a C-130 Hercules will reach the following cities:
- Albert Lea
- Big Fork
- Blue Earth
- Detroit Lakes
- Fergus Falls
- Grand Marais
- Grand Rapids
- International Falls
- New Prague
- New Ulm
- Redwood Falls
- Silver Bay
- Thief River Falls
- Two Harbors
They'll also fly over Ashland, Bayfield, Eagle River Florence, and Superior in Wisconsin, and Crystal Falls, Ironwood, and Ontonagon in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
“Our crews must fly regularly to maintain their proficiency,” said Col. James Cleet, 133rd Airlift Wing Commander. “This is an outstanding way to both train our aircrew and to recognize those in our community that are on the frontline working hard for the citizens of Minnesota.”
With rain in the forecast, it's possible that the schedule is altered, but as of now the below graphics show when each community can expect the aircraft to buzz through.