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Posted on: May 5, 2020

Wright County to Be Part of Air National Guard Flyover Wednesday

For those around the Centra Care Health Clinic in Monticello between approximately 11:15 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday are going to be in for a thrill of sound and speed as the hospital is part of a statewide flyover to salute health care workers.

The United States Air Force has created a flyover program called Operation American Resolve – a series of flyovers in major cities to demonstrate the Department of the Air Force’s and Air National Guard’s continued readiness during the national COVID-19 response, while saluting the American heroes at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19. The flyovers are intended to lift morale in cities across the country due to the severe health and economic impacts that have resulted from COVID-19.

The 148th Fighter Wing of the Minnesota National Guard based in Duluth and the 133rd Airlift Wing out of Minnesota are going to fly a pair of two-ship sorties Wednesday, May 6, that will fly down the Mississippi River Corridor and fly over designated hospitals and landmarks. The flight plan includes flying over the cities of Brainerd, Little Falls, St. Cloud, Monticello, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Robbinsdale, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Hastings, Rochester, St. Louis Park, White Bear Lake and Stillwater. A joint flyover is also scheduled to fly over the State Capitol and Twin Cities Veterans Administration Hospital.

Times are approximate based on the start time, but for those who are along the Mississippi River in Wright County after 11 a.m. will be in for a rare treat. 

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