Military airplanes fly over Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park the morning of May 6. The formation included a C-130 Hercules aircraft from the 133rd Airlift Wing, a unit of the Minnesota Air National Guard based at Ft. Snelling, and two F-16 Fighting Falcon planes from the 148th Fighter Wing, a Minnesota Air National Guard unit from Duluth. The flyover recognized people on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response. The flyover was part of a nationwide Air Force initiative. “These flyovers are our way of showing solidarity for those who have stepped forward to serve during this pandemic,” said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, the adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard. “This is a small way that we can salute those at the forefront of the COVID-19 response for their service and sacrifice.” Col. James Cleet, the 133rd Airlift Wing commander, added, “This is an outstanding way to both train our aircrew and to recognize those in our community that are on the frontline working hard for the citizens of Minnesota.” The planes flew over a number of other hospitals in the metro area the same day. (Sun Photos by Seth Rowe)

5: Two F-16s are visible as a C-130 is hidden by a tree near Methodist Hospital during a May 6 flyover.

6: Two F-16s flank a C-130 during a May 6 flyover of Methodist Hospital.

7: A sign at an entrance to Methodist Hospital honors health care workers.

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