New York Air National Guard flyover salutes essential workers

Many people came together Tuesday, while social distancing, to see New York’s Air National Guard 109th Airlift Wing’s flyover.

Posted: May 12, 2020 2:59 PM
Updated: May 12, 2020 6:37 PM

SCOTIA, N.Y. – Many people ventured outside Tuesday, while social distancing, to see New York’s Air National Guard 109th Airlift Wing’s flyover.

The Skier 95 plane took off from Stratton Air Force Base in Scotia, and flew over Griffiss Technology Park in Rome and St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica between 11 and 11:30 a.m.

"It's just it's an amazing site coming in at over 500 feet just as a thankyou. It just puts a smile on people's faces," said 2nd Lt. Timothy Lyons.

The flyover was planned as a salute to frontline workers fighting the battle against coronavirus.

“It’s a message of hope that we’re still here for you, we’re part of the community, we’re in this fight with you -- to fight COVID-19. We’re staying strong together, and following the rules and regulations the CDC has put out. And hopefully we can come back and be together sooner and be stronger than ever to withstand things like this,” said 2nd Lt. Timothy Lyons, of the 109th Airlift Wing.

The plane dipped down to 500 feet while passing over hospitals from the Capital Region to the Mohawk Valley.

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