ROXBURY, NJ – People in Roxbury might get to see New Jersey Air National Guard (NJANG) jets pass overhead tomorrow during an “Air Force Salutes Flyover.”
The planes, from the NJANG’s 177th Fighter Wing and 108th Air Refueling Wing are planning to fly over 14 sites across the state as a tribute to medical workers fighting COVID-19.
While none of the sites are in the township, the published route for the tribute might bring the planes within viewing distance of Roxbury: The aircraft are planning to go over the COVID-19 testing site at Bergen Community College in Paramus at about 11:51 a.m. and then swing west and south en route to Veteran’s Haven North in Glen Gardner.
A map of the route shows a general flight path that passes close to the eastern shore of Lake Hopatcong as the pilots fly south, a course that would take the planes directly over Roxbury.
The flyovers are taking place “to honor the men and women working on the front lines during the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic,” said the NJANG. “The flyover will feature three F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 177th Fighter Wing and a KC-135R Stratotanker from the 108th Wing.”
The posted itinerary shows the planes making their first flyover, above Sea Girt, at 11:30 a.m. and their final pass, over the Atlantic City Convention Center about an hour later.
• Sea Girt – 11:30 a.m.
• PNC Arts Center – 11:35 a.m.
• Millstone – 11:40 a.m.
• NJ Convention Center – 11:45 a.m.
• Menlo Park – 11:46 – a.m.
• Kean University – 11:48 a.m.
• University Hospital – 11:48 a.m.
• Expo Center – 11:49 a.m.
• Bergen County College/Paramus – 11:51 a.m.
• Vets Haven North – 12:01 p.m.
• New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs – 12:07 p.m.
• Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital – 12:13 p.m.
• U.S. Coast Guard Training Center – 12:27
• Atlantic City Convention Center – 12:32 p.m.
"Never underestimate the value of a morale boost when in combat,” said Brig. Gen. Jemal Beale, commander of the New Jersey National Guard and commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “I want to thank the NJ Air Guard for its patriotic gesture and flyover in support of our first responder cohorts as we continue to battle COVID-19."
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