Rescue Wing Aircraft to Fly Over Hospitals

The flyover scheduled Friday to honor healthcare workers  and other essential workers has expanded into Western Suffolk and Nassau County.

Originally scheduled for the East End, the flyover by the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing will involve a search and rescue plane and two rescue helicopters.The flyover, which will begin approximately 12 p.m. over Westhampton will proceed counterclockwise around Long Island. It will conclude by 2 p.m.

The flyover will feature one of the wing’s HC-130J search and rescue aircraft and two HH-60G rescue helicopters flying in formation.

The 106th Rescue Wing’s Facebook page has the most up-to-date times and event photos and videos. We ask that everyone stay safe and adhere to all social distancing and public health guidance when viewing the flyover.

“From the men and women of the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing, it is an honor to show our support and thanks to the many first responders, medical workers, essential personnel and military members out there working hard during these challenging times for us all,” said Col. Michael Bank, the commander of the 106th Rescue Wing.

The flyover is part of a nationwide series of flyovers conducted to honor those on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Dubbed Air Force Salutes, the nation-wide series of flyovers involves local Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units conducting flyovers of cities across the U.S. to recognize those involved in working to contain the COVID-19 effort.

The formation will take off from Gabreski Air National Guard Base shortly after noon. The flyover route will go over a number of healthcare facilities to include:

• Stony Brook, Southhampton
• East Hampton Health Care
• Stony Brook, Eastern Long Island
• Peconic Bay Medical Center
• St. Charles Hospital
• John T Mather Memorial Hospital
• Stony Brook Medical Center
• St. Catherine of Siena Medical
• Northport VA Medical Center
Huntington Hospital
• Syosset Hospital
• Plainview Hospital
• St. Joseph Hospital
• Nassau University Medical
• Glen Cove Hospital
• St. Francis Hospital
• North Shore University Hospital
• NYU Winthrop Hospital
• Mercy Medical Center
• Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital
• Jones Beach
• South Oaks Hospital
• Good Samaritan Hospital
• Southside Hospital
• Pilgrim Psychiatric Center
• Long Island Community Hospital

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