Air National Guard’s Fighter Wing will fly over hospitals

TXANG F-16 unit to perform flyover in show of support to frontline workers during COVID-19
Posted at 1:10 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 14:31:45-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — The Air National Guard’s 149th Fighter Wing will fly over hospitals and medical support facilities in parts of Corpus Christi, Laredo and Lubbock Monday as a way to honor the selfless sacrifice of all the health care workers, first responders, military and other personnel at the forefront of this crisis.

Beginning Monday, one team of four F-16s will fly over Covenant Health Center and Texas Tech Health Center between 9:40 to 9:50 a.m. Another team of four will fly over Laredo Medical Center between 1:10 to 1:20 p.m. then continue to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital between 1:40 to 1:50 p.m.

The four jets will then continue flying to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi between 1:40 to 1:50 p.m. and west to east over CHRISTUS Spohn between Buford Street and Hospital Street, and between 25th Street and South 19th Street.

“We know most people love to watch flyovers, and people could probably use a boost right now,” said Col. Matt Jensen, commander of the 149th Operations Group. “Fortunately for us, these flyovers also provide important proficiency training to our pilots, so it is a way to do something nice for the community through already-allotted flight hours at no extra cost to the taxpayer.”

These flyovers are part of Operation American Resolve, which is intended to lift morale in cities across America as our nation undergoes this challenging time.