MN National Guard fighter wing flyover on Wednesday to include Detroit Lakes
The Minnesota National Guard, along with the 934th Air Wing of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, will be conducting statewide flyovers this Wednesday, May 13 in recognition of those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic response. Detroit Lakes is one of the communities scheduled to be included in the flyovers.
According to a Minnesota National Guard news release, the local flyover by the Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth is set to take place between 11:50 a.m.-12:05 p.m. Other communities on the 148th's flight path from Duluth will include International Falls, Baudette, Roseau, Thief River Falls, East Grand Forks, Moorhead, Fergus Falls and Alexandria.
"Our Guardsmen live and work in these cities," said Col. Christopher Blomquist, 148th Fighter Wing Commander. "The Minnesota National Guard has units and facilities in 58 communities throughout the state. They have always supported us, this is a small way we can show that we support them too."
There is potential for the time that the flights reach each community to flex, based on the pilots' training missions, weather and/or airspace availability. A variance of a few minutes either side of the scheduled time may be unavoidable. If there is a weather delay or cancellation an update to the advisory will be provided.
The flyover will also be visible to areas surrounding the flight path, which is scheduled to pass near Essentia Health-St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes. The planes flying these missions will be combinations of F-16 Fighting Falcon and C-130 Hercules aircraft, according to the press release.
For more information, visit minnesotanationalguard.ng.mil .