Updated May 6, 2020 10:25 a.m.
The Ohio Air National Guard is following its peers in Indiana and Kentucky by scheduling a series of flyovers across the state this week. The "flybys" are similar to those occurring in cities like New York and Washington D.C. by the famed Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration teams.
The 180th Fighter Wing out of Toledo plans two passes over Southwest Ohio on Thursday, May 7. Stinger Airmen will fly over Cincinnati from 10:30-11 a.m. and over Dayton and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base from 2:10-2:27 p.m., weather permitting.
The flight paths for the F-16 Fighting Falcons are still being mapped out and will be announced on the unit's Facebook page. Other cities could be added later.
"There are so many Ohioans putting themselves out there, volunteering to protect other Ohioans from this deadly virus that's spreading so quickly and we're really proud of that," says Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker. "It's just amazing how everyone is coming together right now and we want to offer a small thank you and give them a nice little show."
Holliker points out the flybys are being conducted as part of the 180th Fighter Wing's normal training missions.
"Some of the flybys... will happen before our training missions, before we go into our military airspace, and some will happen on the way home from those training missions."
Cities will see between two and four aircraft, depending on location, flight path and time. The unit has about 20 F-16s.
Some Ohio National Guard members are themselves on the pandemic frontlines, assigned to work in foodbanks and perform other essential services during the stay-at-home order.
Salute Ohio Schedule:
1:45 – 2:15 p.m.
Toledo, Napoleon, Defiance, Archbold, Wauseon, Delta, Swanton
10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
1:45 – 2:05 p.m.
Lima, Findlay, Bowling Green
2:00 – 2:15 p.m.
2:10 – 2:27 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," the National Guard says.
Here's is the route for the Cincinnati flyby (scroll down for Dayton information):
Here is the route information for the Dayton area: