JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — B-2 Stealth Bombers will be flying over six Missouri communities on May 8 in honor of healthcare professionals, essential employees and volunteers working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We greatly appreciate the selfless service and sacrifices of our medical professionals and other COVID-19 essential workers,” said Col. Ken Eaves, commander of the 131st Bomb Wing. “As Guardsmen, we’ve been honored to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these incredible professionals. Currently, hundreds of Missouri Air and Army National Guardsmen are mobilized to support these efforts.”
The stealth bombers flew over Springfield, Camdenton, Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, Columbia and Jefferson City.
Springfield was the last stop of the six cities and many citizens, including Mike Phillips, caught a glimpse of the aircraft.
“The fact that they realize the country stands behind them,” said Phillips. “The whole country is going through a horrible time right now and just that little bit of support shows them that what they are doing is worth it.”
The 131st Bomb Wing is the only National Guard wing to fly the B-2 Spirit as a classic unit associated with the active duty 509th Bomb Wing.