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Fighter jet flyover planned Friday over Rogue Valley

Oregon Air National Guard F-15 jets will fly over Jackson County Friday morning and then head to the coast as a tribute to health care workers, first responders and others on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

Jets from the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls will fly over Ashland Community Hospital at approximately 10:05 a.m., Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford at 10:07 a.m. and Providence Medford Medical Center in Medford at 10:09 a.m.

Anyone living near the hospitals will be able to see and hear the jets, which travel at about 400 mph. People are encouraged to view the flights safely from home while practicing physical distancing, the Oregon Air National Guard said.

The jets will do a sweep over hospitals from Coos Bay to Gold Beach from about 10:25 a.m. to 10:39 a.m.

The Oregon Air National Guard is doing the flyover as part of a month-long tribute in May.

Jets from the 142nd Fighter Wing based in Portland have also been taking part in the flyovers, which are part of the Operation: American Resolve tribute.

Pilots must log a minimum number of flight hours to maintain proficiency. The tribute flyovers are taking place at no additional cost to taxpayers, the Oregon Air National Guard said.

Fighter jets are scheduled to fly over the Rogue Valley and the Southern Oregon coast Friday in a tribute to essential workers. Photo courtesy Oregon Military Department