ROCHESTER N.Y. (WROC) — Monroe County Executive Adam Bello announced a flyover to honor those fighting on the front lines against the coronavirus.
The National Warplane Museum in Geneseo will be conducting a flyover on Saturday to honor first responders, healthcare and essential workers. The missions have been named “Operation Thanks From Above” and will fly over hospitals, Veterans Affairs locations, city centers, parks and other venues in the Rochester Area, totaling over 80 locations in all of Western New York.
“Throughout this crisis, our community’s employees, families and organizations have had to make sacrifices and changes to their way that life and how they conduct business,” Bello said in a statement. “We are fortunate to have first responders, healthcare workers and essential employees on our front lines who are ensuring that safety, care and supplies are available to everyone, every day. This flyover salutes our community heroes for their bravery amidst the ongoing pandemic.”
The NWM’s very own Douglas C-47, named “Whiskey 7” will lead the mission, accompanied by other aircraft. The Douglas C-47 is a WWII veteran and was the lead aircraft in the second wave of the D-Day invasion on June 6th, 1944 over Ste. Mere Eglise, Normandy. According to a press release, the values associated with this aircraft are bravery, sacrifice, honor.
“That’s all different then a jet flyover because we always fly a little bit slower some of these sites were actually going to do turns around the site so people can have a great view of the air plane and have photo opportunities,” Director of Flight Operations at NVM Todd Cameron said.
Residents in the designated areas will be able to see the flyover from their homes. The plan is to take off from Geneseo this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. If residents do plan to travel to a designated spot for viewing, the county asks that they adhere to all social distancing guidelines and also wear a face covering.