Kansas Air National Guard to salute virus responders with flyover Tuesday

photo by: Charlie Riedel/AP File Photo

A KC-135 Stratotanker flies over Kansas City, Mo., before a football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019.

Residents of several northeast Kansas cities will be able to watch a military flyover Tuesday in honor of workers involved in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Kansas Air National Guard’s 190th Air Refueling Wing will fly a KC-135 Stratotanker over 17 locations in Emporia, Manhattan, Topeka and Lawrence on Tuesday afternoon, according to a press release. Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Lee Norman, a colonel in the Kansas Army National Guard, will be among the leaders on the plane and will radio hospitals in each city during the flyovers, according to the release. Kansas National Guardsmen will also be on-site at one location in each city, the release said.

The refueling tanker should reach Lawrence shortly after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, and its flight path should take it over Lawrence’s hospital, the police department, downtown Lawrence and the city’s Veterans Affairs clinic.

The flyover, part of Operation Kansas Strong, will be incorporated into previously scheduled training missions and will come at no additional cost to taxpayers, the release said.

photo by: Kansas Air National Guard

The Kansas Air National Guard’s 190th Air Refueling Wing is scheduled to perform a flyover across four Kansas cities on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.


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