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158th Fighter Wing honors COVID-19 responders with F-35A flyover

An F-35 pilot assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, prepares for take off from the Vermont Air National Guard Base with the flag of the United States, honoring Vermont’s front line COVID-19 responders and essential workers with a statewide flyover.

An F-35 pilot assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, prepares for take off from the Vermont Air National Guard Base with the flag of the United States, honoring Vermont’s front line COVID-19 responders and essential workers with a statewide flyover scheduled to last 90 minutes, South Burlington, Vt., May 22, 2020. These flyovers are a part of Operation America Strong, an Air Force effort to salute healthcare workers across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Miss Julie M. Shea)

Four F-35s assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing prepare for launch from the Vermont Air National Guard Base, honoring Vermont’s front line COVID-19 responders and essential workers with a statewide flyover.

Four F-35s assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing prepare for launch from the Vermont Air National Guard Base, honoring Vermont’s front line COVID-19 responders and essential workers with a statewide flyover scheduled to last 90 minutes, South Burlington, Vt., May 22, 2020. These flyovers are a part of Operation America Strong, an Air Force effort to salute healthcare workers across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Miss Julie M. Shea)

An F-35 assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing takes off from the Vermont Air National Guard Base, honoring Vermont’s front line COVID-19 responders and essential workers with a statewide flyover.

An F-35 assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing takes off from the Vermont Air National Guard Base, honoring Vermont’s front line COVID-19 responders and essential workers with a statewide flyover scheduled to last 90 minutes, South Burlington, Vt., May 22, 2020. These flyovers are a part of Operation America Strong, an Air Force effort to salute healthcare workers across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Miss Julie M. Shea)

Vermont Air National Guard --

The 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard will honor Vermont’s front line COVID-19 responders and essential workers with a flyover on Friday, May 22, 2020.

“Our healthcare professionals, emergency responders and essential workers have served on the frontlines of this pandemic, putting the health and safety of their neighbors above their own and I cannot thank them enough for their commitment and service,” said Governor Phil Scott. “They’ve worked long, hard hours and given so much throughout this once-in-a-century crisis. They are heroes to us all.”

“On behalf of the Air Force and the Vermont Air National Guard, we are proud to recognize and pay tribute to our healthcare professionals, essential personnel and first responders throughout Vermont,” said Col. David Shevchik, Commander of the 158th Fighter Wing. “This flyover is in honor of their professionalism, selfless service and commitment to our state and citizens when we need them most,” said Shevchik.

A formation of four F-35A Lightning IIs will takeoff from the Vermont Air National Guard Base in South Burlington at 12:00 p.m. for the flyover that is scheduled to last 90 minutes. The flyover is part of Operation America Strong, an Air Force effort to salute healthcare workers across the country.

The flight path will take them over Bennington, Berlin, Brattleboro, Burlington, Essex Junction, Middlebury, Morrisville, Newport, Randolph, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, St. Johnsbury, Townshend, White River Junction and Windsor.

Residents in these areas can expect a few seconds of jet noise as the aircraft pass overhead. They should maintain all social distancing guidelines and refrain from traveling to hospitals or gathering in large groups to view the flyover.

“Thank you for what you’ve done and continue to do to support us all,” said Shevchik. “It is with our deepest gratitude that we recognize your sacrifices and unite together with you – we are Vermont strong and we will get through this together.”

We welcome and encourage viewers to tag us on social media @VermontAirNationalGuard in photos and videos of the flyover with the hashtags #AirForceSalutes, #AmericaStrong and #InThisTogether.

If you have additional questions, please contact CPT Mike Arcovitch at 802-338-3478, mikel.r.arcovitch.mil@mail.mil.