Air National Guard Honors Nebraska Coronavirus Responders

CHADRON – It’s attempt #2 today for the Nebraska Air National Guard flyover salute to Nebraska healthcare professionals and all Nebraskans responding to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Originally planned for last week and about a dozen hospitals including Regional West in Scottsbluff before being postponed by bad weather, today’s revised flight plan now includes more than 30 Nebraska hospitals in communities spanning nearly the entire state.

The KC-135 Stratortanker from the 155th Air Refueling Wing at the Air National Guard base in Lincoln drops Regional West but adds Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance at 12:10 and Chadron Community Hospital at 12:25, give or take 10-minutes.

For the flyovers, the KC-135 will fly pass at more than 200 mph at an altitude between 1,000 and 1,500 feet. Nebraskans are encouraged to view the flyovers from the safety of their homes or work while practicing physical distancing.

Major General Daryl Bohac, adjutant general of the national guard, says flyovers are a time-honored aviation tradition of rendering honors and recognition to outstanding individuals and groups, adding that today’s are a “special way of honoring our healthcare professionals and neighbors.”

The KC-135 Stratotanker provides the core aerial refueling capability for the U-S Air Force. Its pilots must meet a minimum number of annual flight hours, and today’s flyovers are an extension of an already-planned training flight which means there are no additional costs to taxpayers.

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