Another flyover to honor Michigan hospital workers, this time from Coast Guard
By BRANDON CHAMPION | MLive.com | Published: May 13, 2020
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (Tribune News Service) — Military flyovers over Michigan won’t end yet.
The U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City announced Tuesday that it is planning to fly its three MH-60T helicopters over Traverse City, Munson Hospital and the surrounding areas on Friday, May 15 beginning at 2 p.m.
The flyover is being held in conjunction with flight training for the station since all three of its choppers are up and ready to fly.
“Being able to do all that flying requires a lot of behind-the-scenes aircraft maintenance work,” a Facebook post reads. “With only three aircraft assigned to our unit, we don’t always have all three available for flight at any given time due to scheduled and unscheduled maintenance requirements.”
“We are currently in one of those periods when all 3 of our MH-60T helicopters are up and ready to fly. We decided to take advantage of this and our good weather to work on some formation flight training, since we have few opportunities to practice that. We also thought it would be an excellent chance to use that training to honor our healthcare workers here in Northern Michigan, and to hopefully raise the spirits of our amazing local community.”
Specific route details, including locations and times have not been released, but the Coast Guard is asking Northern Michigan residents to follow state and local social distancing guidelines while attempting to view the choppers. For more information, check out the station’s Facebook page.
Three separate flyovers took place in the skies above Michigan on Tuesday, including one by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels in Detroit and Ann Arbor.
A KC-135 Stratotanker also flew over Marquette, Lansing and Flint and A-10 Thunderbolts, also known as “Warthogs,” flew over the cities of Traverse City, Grand Rapids and Battle Creek.
Military planes will also soared over Detroit metro hospitals to honor first responders Wednesday.