B-52H Stratofortress flies over Altru Hospital in salute to medical workers

Medical staff at Altru Hospital react as a B-52 bomber from the Minot Air Force Base flies over to honor front-line responders and medical and healthcare professionals Monday in the COVID-19 pandemic fight. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

A B-52H Stratofortress flew over Altru Hospital on Monday, May 18.

The flyover was was an opportunity for the U.S. Air Force to salute and pay respect to medical professionals and first responders, as they battle the coronavirus pandemic on the front lines. The B-52H took off from Minot Air Force Base and flew over hospitals in Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks, before returning to fly over Trinity Hospital in Minot.

Dozens of Altru employees gathered on the west side of the hospital at 2:20 p.m. to see the flyover on a clear and sunny day that afforded them a perfect view of the Stratofortress. The flyover was delayed by about 10 minutes after a helicopter flew into the area.

“Health care workers have spent months helping our community through the COVID-19 pandemic," said Annie Bonzer, manager of marketing communications for Altru Health System. "We thank Minot Air Force Base for recognizing the people on the front lines of this fight. Altru’s employees appreciate the recognition for all of their hard work.”


(Video below by Kenneth Chase, courtesy Altru Hospital)

Adam Kurtz is the community editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He covers higher education and other topics in Grand Forks County and the city.

Kurtz joined the Herald in July 2019. He covered business and county government topics before covering higher education and some military topics.

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