Minnesota Air National Guard Disappoints Downtown Rochester Crowd
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - It turned out to be half a show for a few hundred Mayo Clinic workers and others who had their eyes to the skies Wednesday.
The F-16s were scheduled to make two passes over downtown Rochester but only did one. The two low-flying jets passed over Methodist Hospital around 11:35 AM. They were supposed to swing south and then make a northern pass over the Mayo Hilton Building but they were a no-show. After waiting 20 minutes, most of the crowd broke up.
Video shot by Dunken with 106.9 KROC shows the F-16s flying over a neighborhood in NW Rochester. Visit the post here to see several more views of the flyover in the comments.
The Minnesota Air National Guard included Rochester in a series of statewide flyovers in recognition of those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic response.
According to the National Guard, “The flights scheduled for Wednesday are part of a nationwide effort to recognize health care workers, emergency responders, food industry and other essential workers throughout the state that have done their part to keep the state functioning during the stay at home order. The aircraft flying these missions will be combinations of F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, and C-130 Hercules aircraft from the 133rd Air Wing out of Fort Snelling in Saint Paul.”
We have reached out to the National Guard to find out what happened with the missed flyover but have not heard back yet.