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North Carolina Air Guard honors essential workers with C-17 flyover

A C-17 transport plane from the 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard, flies over the Gaston County Courthouse on Thursday morning.

DARRELL COGGINS, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE/TNS

By KEVIN ELLIS | Gaston Gazette | Published: May 7, 2020

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Gaston County residents got a close-up view of a military C-17 transport plane flying overhead Thursday.

The North Carolina Air National Guard's Air Force Salute to "American Heroes at the forefront in our fight against COVID-19" traveled across the skies of Gaston and Cleveland counties Thursday morning.

The single C-17 flyover took place across various North Carolina cities, hospitals and food banks on Thursday as part of Operation American Resolve, according to the 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard.

"The flyover is to demonstrate the Department of the Air Force's continued readiness during the national COVID-19 response, while saluting the American heroes at the forefront in our fight against COVID-19," according to a release from the 145th Airlift Wing.

The plane left from Charlotte Douglas International Airport at 10 a.m. and headed to Asheville, which brought it across parts of Gaston and Cleveland counties.

These flyovers came at no additional cost to taxpayers and were conducted as part of regularly scheduled training, according to the Air National Guard.

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A North Carolina National Guard C-17 flies above Gastonia on Thursday morning on its way around the state to do flyovers in selected towns to honor health care workers dealing with COVID-19.
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