KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A new set of flyovers by the Oregon Air National Guard are scheduled for Friday and Monday, combining an ongoing salute to frontline workers and commemoration of Memorial Day.
F-15 Eagle pilots from the 173rd Fighter Wing out of Kingsley Field will handle the southern Oregon flights on Monday, soaring over Klamath Falls, White City, Grants Pass, and Brookings.
"The flyovers are . . . aimed at supporting and thanking healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers who are working to keep Oregonians safe and healthy each day," the Air National Guard said in a statement. "The tribute also hopes to unify and boost the spirits of Oregonians and to recognize military members who have lost their lives in service to our country."
Anyone living in and around the listed hospitals and other locations should see and hear the jets. People are encouraged to view the flights from the safety of their own homes and practice physical distancing.
The flyovers listed below are scheduled for the following locations at the approximate times Monday, May 25 and include previously approved Memorial Day flyover locations:
- 10:50 a.m. Sky Lakes Medical Center, Klamath Falls, Ore.
- 10:58 a.m. VA White City, Ore.
- 11:10 a.m. VA Roseburg Health Care System, Roseburg, OR
- 11:10 a.m. Mercy Medical Center, Roseburg, Ore.
- 11:18 a.m. Peace Harbor Cottage Grove Community Med. Center, Cottage Grove, Ore.
- 11:22 a.m. McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, Springfield, Ore.
- 11:22 a.m. Peace Harbor Medical Center at Riverbend, Springfield, Ore.
- 11:24 a.m. Peace Harbor Sacred Heart Medical Center, Eugene, Ore.
- 11:40 a.m. Peace Harbor Medical Center, Florence, Ore.
- 11:44 a.m. Lower Umpqua Hospital, Reedsport, Ore.
- 12:00 p.m. Asante Three Rivers Medical Center, Grants Pass, Ore.
- 12:00 p.m. Grants Pass Riverside Park, Grants Pass, Ore.
- 12:10 p.m. Brookings Harbor, Brookings, Ore.
The flyovers are a part of "Operation: American Resolve," aimed at saluting those at the forefront of the COVID-19 response. The Air National Guard says that the flights are done in conjunction with regularly scheduled training.
"Pilots must perform a minimum number of flight hours to maintain proficiency. These flyovers will incur no additional cost to taxpayers and are done in lieu of regularly scheduled training," the National Guard said.
These flyovers mark an end to the Oregon Air National Guard’s flyovers in Oregon. To date, the Oregon Air National Guard has flown approximately 1,920 miles, covering 53 hospitals and other locations.