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WATCH | 180th Fighter Wing conducts flybys across the state in honor of essential workers

Here's a look at when you could see the 180th fly over your area.

SWANTON, Ohio — The Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing conducted a series of flybys across the state this month. On Wednesday in the Toledo area, starting around 1:50 p.m., the F-16s flew in tribute to area frontline workers.  

The move is as a salute to the heroes at the forefront in the fight against COVID-19 and an effort to lift the spirits and morale of fellow Ohioans.

Leaders with the 180th Fighter Wing said they were honored to extend this gesture to Ohio healthcare workers, first responders, military members and other essential personnel, as a small thank you for helping to keep Ohioans safe.

The 180th kicked off its salute on Wednesday in northwest Ohio. 

Credit: 180th Facebook

Other Ohio cities, along with a tentative schedule, are listed in the schedule below.

Salute Ohio Schedule

May 6

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.

Toledo, Napoleon, Defiance, Archbold, Wauseon, Delta, Swanton

The tentative schedule when you can see the F-16s overhead (give or take five minutes) is: 

  • St. Luke's Hospital - 1:50 p.m.
  • UTMC - 1:50 p.m.
  • St. Charles Hospital - 1:52 p.m.
  • Bay Park Hospital - 1:52 p.m.
  • Mercy - 1:55 p.m.
  • Toledo Hospital - 1:55 p.m.
  • Flower Hospital - 1:57 p.m.
  • HCNO - 1:57 p.m.
  • St John's - 2 p.m.
  • Toledo Fire headquarters - 2 p.m.
  • Toledo Police headquarters - 2 p.m.

May 7

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.


1:45 – 2:05 p.m.

Lima, Findlay, Bowling Green

2 – 2:15 p.m.

Sandusky, Fremont

2:15 – 2:20 p.m.

Dayton, Wright-Patterson AFB, Springfield, Springfield ANGB

*Details on specific times will be available soon.


All flights will be conducted in conjunction with regularly scheduled training missions and are subject to change based on mission needs and/or inclement weather.

For the welfare and safety of all Ohioans, residents are encouraged to observe the flybys from the comfort of their home and avoid congregating in large groups in an effort mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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