Scott Pratt shot this photo Tuesday morning from the parking garage at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Scott Pratt photo

Maine’s front line healthcare workers and essential personnel can look to the skies Tuesday for support during a scheduled Maine National Guard flyover of the state.

A KC-135 aircraft from the 101st Air Refueling Wing in Bangor will conduct the flyover as part of Operation American Resolve, a nationwide salute to those supporting COVID-19 response efforts. Farmington, Jay and Lewiston will be on its flight path on Tuesday morning.

A KC-135 aircraft from the 101st Air Refueling Wing in Bangor flies over CMMC in Lewiston Tuesday morning during Operation American Resolve, a nationwide salute to those supporting COVID-19 response efforts. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal Buy this Photo

The aircraft will fly over Farmington at 10 a.m. and make its way south to Jay, where it is scheduled fly over at 10:33 a.m., and to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston at 10:40 a.m.

The times could change slightly due to flight conditions. In case of weather concerns, an alternative date is Thursday.

“The entire Maine National Guard is honored to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the health care workers and first responders who are working on the front line to combat COVID-19,” Maj. Gen. Douglas Farnham, Maine’s adjutant general, said in a National Guard news release. “We are also deeply grateful for those essential personnel diligently working to keep our shelves stocked and family supplied. In addition, it is fitting in light of the postponing of most (Maine) Bicentennial activities, we’re able to safely offer Mainers a token of pride in their state heritage.”

The state’s Bicentennial Parade was originally scheduled for May 16 in Lewiston and Auburn.

The Maine National Guard said residents along the flight path should maintain social distancing guidelines and refrain from congregating in large groups to view the flyover. A few seconds of jet noise can be expected.

Anyone posting photos or video of the flyover on social media are encouraged to tag the Maine National Guard and 101st Air Refueling Wing, and add the hastags #MEGuardAtWork and #AirForceSalutes.

Aircraft commander Maj. Rich Binekey taxies his KC-135 fuel tanker past another at Bangor International Airport after a training sorte in 2001. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal file photo

The event provided training hours for aircrews and will be conducted at no additional cost to taxpayers, according to the National Guard.

Here are the other scheduled flyover times around the state:

Maine Veterans’ Homes, Scarborough, 10:58 a.m.

Maine Medical Center, Portland, 10:59 a.m.

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, 11:06 a.m.

VA Maine Healthcare System at Togus, 11:13 a.m.

Augusta MaineGeneral, 11:14 a.m.

Houlton Regional Hospital, 11:51 a.m.

Aroostook  Mediccal Center, TAMC/Presque Isle, noon.

Former Loring Air Force Base, Limestone, 12:05 p.m.

St. John River Valley, 12:09 p.m.

Northern Maine Medical Center, Fort Kent, 12:21 p.m.

A KC-135 aircraft from the 101st Air Refueling Wing in Bangor flies over the Androscoggin Mill in Jay Tuesday morning during Operation American Resolve, a nationwide salute to those supporting COVID-19 response efforts. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Millinocket Regional Hospital, 12:45 p.m.

Maine Veterans’ Homes, Bangor, 12:58 p.m.

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, 12:59 p.m.

St. Joseph Hospital, Bangor, 1 p.m.

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