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Garrison Petawawa conduct flyby to show appreciation to frontline workers

(Above image: 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron and 450 Squadron conducting a flyby of the Pembroke and Deep River Hospital as a show of appreciation to front line during the COVID-19 pandemic, 19 May, 2020. Photo: Master Corporal Steve Wilson.)

This past week residents in the Petawawa area received a flyby courtesy of Garrison Petawawa aircrew and helicopters.

 

A Bell CH-146 Griffon helicopter from 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron. Photo: Corporal Alex Heagle.

“Following the Snowbirds’ Op INSPIRATION and other Royal Canadian Airforce (RCAF) squadron’s recent flypasts across parts of Canada to support their communities, we wanted to take this opportunity to carry out a similar show of support for frontline workers in the local area. It is important that we all recognize the sacrifices that you and your families are bearing,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Jeremy Fountain, Commanding Officer 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron.

427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron and 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron flew conducted flyby of the Pembroke Hospital as a show of appreciation to front line during the COVID-19 pandemic, 19 May, 2020. Photo by: Master Corporal Steve Wilson, 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron Imagery.

To express their appreciation to medical staff, first responders, and essential workers and to recognize Canadians for their resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic aircrews conducted the flyby on May 19, 2020.

“After over a month of protective measures against the spread of COVID-19, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the community and our health care workers and essential services. It has not been easy for many people but we have always been in this together,” said Colonel Louis Lapointe, 4th Canadian Division Support Group Commander (Garrison Petawawa).

A CH-147 Chinook helicopter from 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron flying over the Deep River District Hospital. Photo by: Master Corporal Steve Wilson, 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron Imagery.

A Bell CH-146 Griffon helicopter from 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron and a CH-147 Chinook helicopter from 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron flew along the Ottawa River with a special flypast at the Pembroke Regional Hospital and the Deep River & District Hospital.

“As we watch the aircraft fly over our homes, let’s remember to respect social distancing practices by observing from the safety of your property and refrain from travelling to gather in identified locations. We hope this demonstration of our thanks can in some small way show our sincere appreciation for the work you are doing,” stated Lieutenant-Colonel Colin Coakwell, Commanding Officer, 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron.

A Bell CH-146 Griffon helicopter from 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron flies along the Ottawa River. Photo: Corporal Alex Heagle

The flight path was selected and was a pre-approved flight training route that brought the aircraft and crews close to a number of healthcare facilities.

The flybys were conducted no lower than 500 feet above any obstacles.

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Cyndi Mills

Over the last 24 years Cyndi Mills has had the opportunity to move around the country with her husband, Scott and their four children. Having lived in Chilliwack, Edmonton, London and Petawawa. She stumbled into the world of journalism by accident – looking for a career that could give her the flexibility to work from home to be with her children and support her husband's military career. Cyndi is also a military parent as her two oldest children are in the military.

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