CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Ohio Air National Guard did a series of flybys across Greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky Thursday to salute "our heroes at the forefront in the fight against COVID-19 and to lift the spirits and morale of our fellow Ohioans.”
The National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing’s “Salute Ohio” began on Hamilton County’s east side and lasted about 17 minutes before ending over Butler County.
“The 180th Fighter Wing is honored to extend our salute to Ohio healthcare workers, first responders, military members and other essential personnel, as a small thank you for helping to keep Ohioans safe,” they said in a news release.
Two F-16s flew over Mercy Hospital Anderson first and then went to northern Kentucky, the metro Cincinnati area, Kenwood, Blue Ash, Fairfield and Hamilton before ending over UC Health West Chester Hospital.
The guard was also scheduled to fly over Dayton and other areas such as Lima, Findlay and Bowling Green.
They flew over other parts of the state including Toledo on Wednesday.
1:45 – 2:05 p.m.
Lima, Findlay, Bowling Green
2:00 – 2:15 p.m.
2:00 – 2:20 p.m.
Dayton, Wright-Patterson AFB, Springfield, Springfield ANGB
All flights will be conducted in conjunction with regularly scheduled training missions and are subject to change based on mission needs and/or inclement weather, according to the National Guard.
They are encouraging residents to watch flybys from home and avoid congregating in large groups to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Other military flyovers occurred Monday in the northern part of the state.