U.S. Air Force Flyover To Visit Chautauqua County On Tuesday

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MAYVILLE – A U.S. Air Force Flyover will be visiting Chautauqua County on Tuesday.

Executive PJ Wendel announced the news today.

The 914th Air Refueling Wing of the Air Force Reserves at Niagara Falls and the Vermont National Guard will be conducting a required aerial refueling training operation. Following the training, KC-135s and F-35s will flyover portions of Western New York to salute frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three F-35s will break away from formation in Buffalo and come into Chautauqua County for a flyover of Chautauqua Lake. The aircraft are expected to be seen in Chautauqua County on May 12 between 12:15 – 12:30 p.m.

“I encourage all residents to watch the skies over Chautauqua Lake for this special salute to our area healthcare workers, first responders and graduating seniors,” said Wendel. “I thank the Air Force and Vermont National Guard for including our county in this unique recognition and I hope this flyover will bring us all a sense of appreciation and comradery during these trying times.”

Residents viewing the flyover in public areas are reminded to practice social distancing and to wear face coverings.



  1. Will they be flying the length of Chautauqua Lake or just across it once? It makes a big difference if people want to see them.

  2. What does this do to help? Nothing. Open us up. The governor has destroyed the senior year for 2020 students. No prom. No Sr. Trip. No graduation. For nothing. The flyover doesn’t fix that.

    • Stinks for the kids, Business going under, people that are sick, but us essential workers appreciate something. I’m payed less to work than the people at home collecting unemployment. I also have to buy my own protection gloves, etc. So quit complaining and Salut your country, even if Cuomo is an idiot.

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