Four F-15s from the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard flew over more than a dozen hospitals to honor workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday.
The fighter jets flew over hospitals across Massachusetts, from Cape Cod to Springfield.
A planned flyover at Gillette Stadium was cancelled, but the F-15s flew over locations including Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis; Brockton Hospital; the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital and the VA Medical Center facilities in Boston; Framingham Union Hospital; UMass Memorial Medical Center and the DCU Center in Worcester, Mercy Medical Center and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield; and Holyoke Medical Center and Holyoke Soldiers' Home.
"That was great," said Brian Miller of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "That was amazing. Great dedication to our front line and support staff."
As the jets passed over UMass Memorial Medical Center, they received a salute from the ground as health care workers stood in formation to form a heart in the field.
The flyover was part of a nationwide effort to honor first responders. Similar flyovers were performed in New York City and Washington D.C. last week.
Photos: F-15 Flyover to Honor Coronavirus First Responders
"It's a privilege for the men and women of the Massachusetts Air National Guard to provide a thank you to medical personnel, first responders, truck drivers, grocer story personnel and the countless Americans coming together to support the COVID-19 response," Lt. Col. Jay Talbert, 104 fighter wing pilot, said in a statement.