Billy Richey photo via Kimberly, Combined Locks, Little Chute Chatter Facebook group

KIMBERLY — If you saw the flyover this morning of five National Guard blackhawk helicopters, you were witness to a special occasion.

The flyover marks the retirement of Bill Richey, a longtime National Guard and ThedaStar pilot who lives in the Fox Valley.

In a widely shared social media post in the Kimberly, Combined Locks, Little Chute Chatter Facebook group, Richey shared details about the flyover.

“Today around 11 a.m. there will be a formation of five blackhawk helicopters flying over Kimberly,” he wrote.

“It’s my last flight, and last day, as a pilot in the Wisconsin Army National Guard after 39 years of service,” he said.

Richey then encouraged people to watch the flyover from the Kimberly High School parking lot.

But they weren’t the only ones to see the spectacle.

The formation was seen throughout the Fox Valley, including Kaukauna, Kimberly and Neenah and all the way to Wisconsin Rapids.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.