HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) — Tuesday and Wednesday residents across the state will be able to look up to the friendly skies to watch the Michigan Air National Guard and the Blue Angels salute frontline workers with flyovers.
They're paying tribute to the men and women who've continued to work and put themselves in harm's way during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, 7 Action News got an up-close look at some of the A-10s that will participate from Selfridge Air National Guard Base.
"We’re gonna go hit the upper peninsula. We’re gonna come back, meet up with the A-10s and give them some gas. We’re gonna continue down through Lansing and Flint and continue back home, and they’re gonna continue on the west side of the state. So it’s going to be real exciting," Brigadier General Rolf Mammen said.
Major David Dennis will be piloting one of the National Guard’s A-10s.
“I think all of us in all of our community, we recognize that everyone’s been affected whether they’re healthcare workers, whether they’re doctors, whether they’re lawyers," Dennis said.
He added, "Even the people that run restaurants, everyone’s been affected by this and so it’s a fantastic opportunity for us to show support.”
Major Dennis is one of a thousand national guard members statewide standing by ready to assist in the fight against COVID-19, according to the National Guard.
Colonel David Spehar tells 7 Action News, “Probably the most important thing I think is that we live in these communities, and our airmen grew up in these communities. So they get a chance to give back, along with all of the other healthcare providers that are doing this work.”
Dates and flight path details of the Air National Guard and Blue Angels are below:
The Air National Guard Flight Path is as follows--
Tuesday, May 12
. Marquette, MI
Tuesday, May 12
. Traverse City
. Grand Rapids
. Battle Creek
Wednesday, May 13
KC-135 & A-10 Flyover
The Blue Angels published this map:
The Michigan Air National Guard published the following maps:
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