BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Maryland National Guard flew over parts of the state Friday in support of frontline and essential workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The flyovers, which included a formation of four A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft, began at 1:45 p.m. at Martin State Airport near Baltimore and was ended around 3:30 p.m.

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The flyover passed over a number of Maryland communities, including Baltimore, Annapolis, Frederick and Salisbury.

Dr. Fermin Barrueto, Chief Medical Officer at UMD Upper Chesapeake Health, said that the flyover gave staff something to look forward to.

“It was like a breath of fresh air. Give us at least 5 minutes and enjoy the sight,” Dr. Barrueto said.


Upper Chesapeake Health President and CEO Lyle Sheldon was moved by the tribute.

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“It brought tears to my eyes and made me proud to be here in Harford County,” Sheldon said.

Other first responders echoed the praise of the Maryland National Guard flyovers.

“We’re so grateful to have them here and we appreciate the hard work they do every day,” Kathleen B., Acting Captain of the Baltimore County Police White Marsh Precinct, said. “They know if they need us, they will be here, too.”

Last Saturday, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds held flyovers in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. to honor health care workers.

WATCH: Maryland National Guard Flyover Begins

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Stetson Miller