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National Guard Stages A Flyover Across Northern Arizona To Honor First Responders In Virus Crisis

Public Affairs Office/161st Air Refueling Wing/AZ National Guard

Four aircraft from the Arizona Air National Guard will conduct a flyover mission Thursday above the Navajo Nation and other Northern Arizona communities to show appreciation to those serving on the frontline in the battle against COVID-19.

The tribute flight is a training mission that will include a KC-135 from the 161st Air Refueling Wing at Goldwater Air National Guard Base in Phoenix, and three F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 162nd Wing at Morris Air National Guard Base in Tucson.

“We support the community during COVID-19 by showing goodwill, and our hope is to work together to respond and grow from this event,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Howard Purcell, Arizona National Guard Air Component Commander. “We want to show our support and we stand behind our community. We will move forward together.”

The formation will launch from Tucson at around 11 Thursday morning to form up and head north and conduct an air refueling mission.   The tribute will include flyovers at Gallup, New Mexico, Window Rock, Fort Defiance, Chinle, Kayenta, Tuba City, Flagstaff and Prescott.

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