This story has been updated to note the new flyover schedule released Wednesday morning.
Four fighter jets from the Massachusetts National Guard will fly over hospitals across the state Wednesday afternoon to show support for medical workers who are working on the front lines during the pandemic.
As part of Operation American Resolve, the F-15 Eagles from the 104th Fighter Wing will take off from Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield around noon and head toward the eastern part of the state, the Air Force said in a statement. The jets will fly over Hyannis and Brockton before they reach Boston about 12:20 p.m., then loop back west over Worcester, Springfield, and Northampton.
To help you catch the flyover our F-15s are scheduled to perform this afternoon here is a map of the planned flight path and approximate times.— 104th Fighter Wing (@104fighterwing) May 6, 2020
We invite everyone to take pictures and post them with the hashtags below. #MassSalutes #AirForceSalutes #AFFlyover pic.twitter.com/m5eYvQpND0
The jets, which will reach speeds up to 300 m.p.h, will be visible to residents near the flyover path, according to Senior Master Sergeant Julie Avey. It’s part of a “very rare” event that only happens once or twice a year with approval from the Air Force, she said.
“It’s important for us to say a big thank you to those who are serving on the front lines of this pandemic,” Avey said. “It’s important to unite us and show our support for the American public and that we are ready to serve and defend.”
To avoid large gatherings, people are discouraged from traveling to hospitals or nearby areas to see the flyover, officials said.
The flyover also comes as part of a mandatory training to keep aircrews qualified, officials said. There is no additional cost to taxpayers.
Below is the schedule for the flyover, provided by the Air Force (the schedule has been updated as of Wednesday morning):
From 12 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Cape Cod Hospital (Hyannis)
Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital (Brockton)
From 12:15 p.m. to 12:25 p.m.:
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (Boston)
Massachusetts General Hospital and surrounding facilities (Boston)
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston)
Jamaica Plain VA Medical Center (Boston)
West Roxbury VA Medical Center (Boston)
Framingham Union Hospital (Framingham)
From 12:25 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
UMass Memorial Medical Center (Worcester)
DCU Center/St. Vincent’s Hospital (Worcester)
From 12:35 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.
Mercy Medical Center (Springfield)
Baystate Medical Center (Springfield)
Holyoke Medical Center (Holyoke)
Holyoke Soldier’s Home (Holyoke)
From 12:40 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cooley Dickinson Hospital (Northampton)
Northampton VA Medical Center (Northampton)
Western Massachusetts Hospital (Westfield)
Baystate Noble Hospital (Westfield)