FRAMINGHAM – Members of the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard will flyover Framingham Union Hospital on Wednesday, May 6.
The operational flying unit assigned to the Air Combat Command, which proudly claims the honor of being one of the oldest flying units within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, will be flying over several Massachusetts hospital on Wednesday.
The Air National Guard’s federal mission is to maintain well-trained, well-equipped units available for prompt mobilization during war and provide assistance during national emergencies, like this coronavirus pandemic.
The F15s flyover will start at the Massachusetts State Police graduation around 12:15 p.m. and then proceed to fly over several hospitals in the state including Framingham Union Hospital. The Massachusetts Air National Guard was already scheduled to fly on Wednesday and has added the hospitals as a thank you to those who have been battling the virus.
Tasked to provide operationally ready combat units, combat support units and qualified personnel for active duty, the 104th Fighter Wing supports Air Force wartime contingency requirements and performs a variety of peacetime missions required by the Air Force and compatible mobilization readiness.
The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit the Air Force to gain and maintain air supremacy over the battlefield.
The F-15’s superior maneuverability and acceleration are achieved through high engine thrust-to-weight ratio and low wing loading. Low wing-loading (the ratio of aircraft weight to its wing area) is a vital factor in maneuverability and, combined with the high thrust-to-weight ratio, enables the aircraft to turn tightly without losing airspeed.
The flyover will be performed as part of regular and mandatory proficiency training to keep air crews current and qualified. It will come at no additional cost to taxpayers.
This is the updated schedule:
- Cape Cod Hospital (Hyannis) – between noon and 12:15 p.m.
- Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital (Brockton) – between noon and 12:15 p.m.
- Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (Boston) – between 12:15 and 12:25 p.m.
- Mass. General Hospital and surrounding facilities (Boston) – between 12:15 and 12:25 p.m.
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston) – between 12:15 and 12:25 p.m.
- Jamaica Plain VA Medical Center (Boston) – between 12:15 and 12:25 p.m.
- West Roxbury VA Medical Center (Boston) – between 12:15 and 12:25 p.m.
- Framingham Union Hospital (Framingham) – between 12:15 and 12:25 p.m.
- UMass Memorial Medical Center (Worcester) – between 12:25 and 12:30 p.m.
- DCU Center/St. Vincent’s Hospital (Worcester) – between 12:25 and 12:30 p.m.
- Mercy Medical Center (Springfield) – between 12:35 and 12:40 p.m.
- Baystate Medical Center (Springfield) – between 12:35 and 12:40 p.m.
- Holyoke Medical Center (Holyoke) – between 12:35 and 12:40 p.m.
- Holyoke Soldiers’ Home (Holyoke) – between 12:35 and 12:40 p.m.
- Cooley Dickinson Hospital (Northampton) – between 12:40 and 12:45 p.m.
- Northampton VA Medical Center (Northampton) – between 12:40 and 12:45 p.m.
- Western Massachusetts Hospital (Westfield) – between 12:40 and 12:45 p.m.
- Baystate Noble Hospital (Westfield) – between 12:40 and 12:45 p.m.