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Air National Guard to crisscross California to salute essential coronavirus workers

Crowds gather around a static display of an F-15C Eagle fighter jet from the 144th Fighter Wing during a 2017 open house held at Fresno Air National Guard Base.
Crowds gather around a display of an F-15C Eagle fighter jet during a California Air National Guard open house in 2017 in Fresno.
(Staff Sgt. Christian Jadot / 144th Fighter Wing)

A sky-high salute will honor California’s workers on the front lines in the battle against the novel coronavirus on Wednesday.

Taking off from Fresno, four California Air National Guard F-15C Eagle fighter jets will soar over swaths of the state as part of a nationwide show of support for healthcare workers, first responders and other essential personnel.

The jets, assigned to the 144th Fighter Wing, will launch about 10 a.m. and head north to Sacramento before banking west over the San Francisco Bay Area.

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From there, they will head south to Los Angeles before turning around near Santa Ana and heading back to base.

During their journey — which is expected to take a little more than two hours — the jets will fly over numerous medical centers and hospitals, law enforcement offices, fire stations and government buildings, including the state Capitol.


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