South Dakota Air National Guard to conduct flyovers in tribute to front-line workers Saturday
By ELISA SAND | American News | Published: May 13, 2020
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(Tribune News Service) — South Dakota Air National Guard’s 114th Fighter Wing will conduct a series of flyovers at several health care facilities including Aberdeen and Watertown on Saturday to salute and show appreciation for health care workers, first responders and other essential personnel working to combat COVID-19, according to a news release.
Four F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 114th Fighter Wing will pass over hospitals in nine cities. Watertown’s flyover is estimated to happen from 1:20 to 1:30 p.m. with the flyover in Aberdeen at 1:35 to 1:45 p.m.
Other flyovers and estimated times are as follows:
Brookings: 1:10 to 1:20 p.m.
Pierre: 1:55 to 2:05 p.m.
Huron: 2:10 to 2:20 p.m.
Mitchell: 2:20 to 2:30 p.m.
Yankton: 2:30 to 2:40 p.m.
Vermillion: 2:35 to 2:45 p.m.
Sioux Falls: 2:50 to 3 p.m.
Community residents and staff are encourage to step outside to view the flyover, but are reminded to practice physical distancing and not gather in large groups.
The flyovers are conducted as part of the Department’s Operation American Resolve and the Air Force Salutes morale flyover plan, and are performed within regularly scheduled training missions. The 114th Fighter Wing continues to maintain mission assurance throughout COVID-19 by supporting Overseas Contingency Operations, defending U.S. airspace, and providing support to civil authorities.
Everyone is encouraged to share photos and videos with the 114th Fighter Wing Facebook page.