PITTSBURGH — The 911th Airlift Wing flew over hospitals in western Pennsylvania on Memorial Day to honor first responders and health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The C-17 Globemaster III flyovers took place over Butler Memorial Hospital, Butler VA Hospital, Heritage Valley Beaver, Ohio Valley General (Kennedy), Armstrong County Memorial Hospital (Kittanning), Allegheny General Canonsburg, Allegheny General Hospital Washington and Washington Hospital, a news release said.
Officials said there was also a low approach to Pittsburgh International Airport and the Aspinwall area.
People could see and hear the flyovers in these locations at the following times:
- Aspinwall - 11 a.m.
- Pittsburgh International Airport - 11:05 a.m.
- Beaver - 11:08 a.m.
- Butler - 11:13 a.m.
- Kittanning - 11:17 a.m.
- Kennedy - 11:25 a.m.
- Canonsburg - 11:29 a.m.
- Washington - 11:30 a.m.
The flyovers were part of the Air Force Salutes program, a nationwide effort to show appreciation for all those supporting COVID-19 response efforts. Officials said they come at no additional cost to taxpayers.
People were encouraged to maintain social distancing while watching the flyovers.
On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Air National Guard flew over multiple hospitals across the state, including the Pittsburgh area.
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