A C-130 airlift aircraft takes off from Mansfield Lahm Airport. (OANG photo)

MANSFIELD – The Ohio Air National Guard’s 179th Airlift Wing is scheduled to conduct a series of flybys across the state of Ohio as a salute to our heroes at the forefront in the fight against COVID-19, and to lift the spirits and morale of our fellow Ohioans.

The 179th Airlift Wing stated it is honored to extend this salute to Ohio healthcare workers, first responders, military members and other essential personnel, as a small thank you for helping to keep Ohioans safe.

The 179AW will kick off its salute, beginning Friday, May 15 in the north central Ohio area. Other Ohio cities, along with a tentative schedule, are listed in the schedule below.

Salute Ohio Schedule:

May 15:

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ontario: 11:02 a.m.

Mansfield: 11:03 a.m.

Lexington: 11:04 a.m.

Bellville: 11:05 a.m.

Mount Vernon: 11:10 a.m.

Marion: 11:19 a.m.

Bucyrus: 11:22 a.m.

Cleveland: 11:43 a.m.

Akron: 11:52 a.m.

Canton: 11:58 a.m.

Massillon: 11:59 a.m.

New Philadelphia: 12:05 p.m.

Zanesville: 12:17 p.m.

Lancaster: 12:26 p.m.

Newark: 12:32 p.m.

Ashland: 12:46 p.m.

Shelby: 12:51 p.m.

All flights will be conducted in conjunction with regularly scheduled training missions and are subject to change based on mission needs and/or inclement weather.

For the welfare and safety of all Ohioans, residents are encouraged to observe the flybys from home and avoid congregating in large groups in an effort mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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