Toledo's Air National Guard 180th Fighter Wing will be flying over Greater Cincinnati area hospitals this morning (May 7) to honor the frontline workers keeping our communities safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
Kicking off at 10:30 a.m. at Mercy Anderson, the flight path crosses over 15 total hospitals weaving from the East Side of Cincinnati, through Northern Kentucky, over to the West Side, back to the northeast, finally passing through West Chester as its last stop at around 10:47 a.m.
The entire "salute" is expected to take a little over 15 minutes, though the infographic notes to expect the two F-16 Fighting Falcons within a five minute time frame of the outlined schedule.
Although there is some debate regarding the tax dollars and resources involved in putting on the patriotic display, the 180th Fighter Wing's Senior Master Sergeant Beth Holliker told WCPO, "Rather than doing a single day of round-robin flybys, we are doing them over the course of several days so that we can tie them in with our regularly scheduled training missions, as not to incur any additional costs, but at the same time allowing us to pay tribute to our frontline and essential workers."
Holliker also explains that they will be leading their Cincinnati flybys on their way back to Toledo, after they've left their training airspace.
The infographic notes that "Ohio residents should observe the flyover from the safety of their home-quarantine and should refrain from traveling to see the flyover. Residents should also maintain social distancing and avoid large gatherings in accordance with Ohio State Health guidance."
See the flight schedule below: