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Tuesday’s weather got in the way of a visibly flyover for the Alabama National Guard in Huntsville and Decatur. The 117th Air Refueling Wing didn’t want to leave north Alabama disappointed, so they have rescheduled for Thursday.

The mission is part of the nationwide Air Force Salutes Flyover under Operation American Resolve.

Thursday morning, a KC-135R Stratotanker flew over Decatur Morgan hospital, Madison Hospital, Huntsville Hospital and Crestwood Medical Center.

The purpose of the flyover is to show appreciation to hospital employees who are at the front line battling COVID-19. The flyover is part of a normal training mission. It’s also a way to demonstrate the “continued readiness of the 117 ARW during this pandemic.”

The unit also helps to lift morale in the community.