Flyovers set for McCook, Cambridge hospitals

Friday, May 15, 2020 ~ Updated 2:44 PM
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LINCOLN, Neb. - A Air National Guard flyover canceled because of bad weather earlier this week has been rescheduled for Monday and now includes Cambridge and McCook hospitals.

The flyover is a salute to healthcare professionals and all Nebraskans responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. It now includes more than 30 Nebraska hospitals spanning nearly the entire state.

Times may vary by 10 minutes, but a KC-135 Stratotanker will fly over Tri Valley Health in Cambridge at 12:08 p.m. CDT, and Community Hospital in McCook at 12:14 p.m.

"This is our special way of honoring our healthcare professionals and neighbors for how they have responded and come together as Nebraskans during these unprecedented times," Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, Nebraska National Guard adjutant general, said. "The National Guard is a community-based organization made up of Citizen Soldiers and Airmen who stand in solidarity with our families, friends and neighbors who are doing their part to kill the virus and end this pandemic."

A 155th Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker, based out of the Lincoln Air National Guard base, will fly above the following healthcare facilities at the following times (exact times may vary by up to 10 minutes):

CHI Health St. Mary's, Nebraska City: 10:10 a.m. CDT

Bellevue Medical Center, Bellevue: 10:19 a.m. CDT

CHI Health Midlands, Papillion: 10:21 a.m. CDT

CHI Health Lakeside, Omaha: 10:24 a.m. CDT

Methodist Hospital and Children's Hospital, Omaha: 10:26 a.m. CDT

University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha: 10:27 a.m. CDT

VA Medical Center, Omaha: 10:29 a.m. CDT

Bergan Mercy Medical Center, Omaha: 10:30 a.m. CDT

Methodist Fremont Health, Fremont: 10:37 a.m. CDT

St. Francis Memorial, West Point: 10:45 a.m. CDT

Faith Regional, Stanton: 10:53 a.m. CDT

Faith Regional, Norfolk: 10:57 a.m. CDT

CHI Health, Schuyler: 11:09 a.m. CDT

Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus: 11:14 a.m. CDT

Stromsburg Medical Clinic, Stromsburg: 11:21 a.m. CDT

Grand Island Medical Center: 11:32 a.m. CDT

CHI Health St Francis, Grand Island: 11:32 a.m. CDT

Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings: 11:39 a.m. CDT

CHI Health Good Samaritan, Kearney: 11:49 a.m. CDT

Kearney Regional Medical Center, Kearney: 11:50 a.m. CDT

Phelps Memorial, Holdrege: 11:56 a.m. CDT

Tri Valley Health, Cambridge: 12:08 p.m. CDT

McCook Community Hospital, McCook: 12:14 p.m. CDT

Great Plains Regional Medical Center, North Platte: 12:32 p.m. CDT

Ogallala Community Hospital, Ogallala: 11:46 a.m. MDT

Box Butte General Hospital, Alliance: 12:10 p.m. MDT

Chadron Community Hospital, Chadron: 12:24 p.m. MDT

VA Medical Clinic and CHI Health St. Elizabeth, Lincoln: 2:39 p.m. CDT

Bryan East Medical Center, Lincoln: 2:39 p.m. CDT

Bryan West Medical Center, Lincoln: 2:40 p.m. CDT

The KC-135 will fly above these locations at an altitude between 1,000 and 1,500 feet and speed of more than 200 miles per hour.

Nebraskans are encouraged to view the flyovers from the safety of their homes or work while practicing physical distancing. Anyone working in and living around these facilities should have no problem seeing or hearing the aircraft.

The tribute, scheduled and flown as part of an already planned training flight, is a time-honored aviation tradition of rendering honors and recognition to outstanding individuals and groups.

The Stratotanker provides the core aerial refueling capability for the United States Air Force and enhances our Nation's ability to project airpower globally. Its pilots must perform a minimum number of flight hours annually to maintain proficiency. Leveraging an already-planned training flight means the flyovers will not incur additional costs to taxpayers.

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