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Flyovers across Wisconsin features F-16 Fighting Falcons

Posted at 9:19 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 23:33:51-04

UPDATED -- People watched Tuesday evening as four F-16 Fighting Falcons, part of the 115th Fighter Wing, flew over the state.

Many gathered, while social distancing, near HSHS St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay and near Aurora Baycare Medical Center to watch as the jets passed by.

"I thought, wow, what a great way for the state to come together, for the support for our community, for our caregivers, the true heroes that are taking care of all these patients," said Ken Nelson, the Chief Nursing Officer at HSHS St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center.

Captain Leslie Westmont, the public affairs officer with 115th Fighter Wing, said the pilots flying had spouses or significant others who are health care workers. She said they were excited to be able to show their appreciation.

"For all the hard work of our health care workers, along with all the frontline workers, first responders and just citizens across Wisconsin who have been struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic," said Capt. Westmont.

Flyovers are planned for Tuesday across Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Air National Guard announced Friday.

Four F-16 Fighting Falcons, part of the 115th Fighter Wing, will be featured in the flyovers, with locations including Green Bay, Appleton, Menasha, Oshkosh, and Waupaca.

"The flyover is part of Operation American Resolve, a nation-wide campaign, designed to show appreciation for the thousands of heroes on the [front lines], as well as the brave citizens and neighbors who have been battling and supporting the COVID-19 response," according to a news release.

"Coming together during times of uncertainty is the American way, and the reason that citizen Airmen in the Air National Guard serve. We want to show our support for that effort, as we are all in this together," said Col. Jon Kalberer, 115th Operations Group commander in a statement.

Below is information on location and times for the flyovers.

Residents "should view the flyover safely from home, while maintaining all social distancing recommendations and guidelines set forth in the “Safer At Home” order. They should not travel to hospitals or other public locations to gather in large groups to watch this event," according to the news release.