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Long Island health care workers to be honored with flyover today

The 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air

The 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard flew over parts of Long Island to honor healthcare workers and first responders. Credit: Randee Daddona

Look to the skies on Friday at midday as the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing says it will honor health care and front-line workers battling COVID-19 with a two-hour flyover.

The Combat King II and Pave Hawk aircraft will start at the Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach at about noon, then fly east over both the South and North Forks before turning west to New Hyde Park, where they will turn south to Long Beach and head back east.

The aircraft will pass over several hospitals, including Peconic Bay Medical Center, Stony Brook Medical Center and Nassau University Medical Center, according to the 106th Rescue Wing's Facebook page.

The Combat King is a search and rescue plane with the top speed of 380 mph. The Pave Hawk is a helicopter. Its primary mission is to conduct personnel recovery operations, experts said. 

For the details on when the aircraft will fly above towns, villages and hospitals, see the 106th Rescue Wing's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/106th-Rescue-Wing-980086332017761/

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