The Air Force’s famous Thunderbirds will honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers on Friday with formation flights over Los Angeles and San Diego.
“It is an honor for our team to salute the countless Californians who have committed to keeping the communities safe during this difficult time in our nation,” said Lt. Col. John Caldwell, commander of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. “We hope to give onlookers a touching display of American resolve that honors those serving on the frontline of our fight against COVID-19.”
A formation of six F-16C/D Fighting Falcons will conduct the flyovers as a salute to health care workers, first responders, military and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Residents along the flight path can expect a few moments of jet noise as the aircraft pass overhead, along with the sight of a half-dozen high-performance aircraft flying in precise formation.
Flyovers in San Diego will start at noon Friday and last 15 minutes. Flyovers in Los Angeles will start at 1:10 p.m. that day and last 30 minutes.
Residents in these areas will be able to see the flyover from the safety of their home and should maintain all social distancing guidelines during the event. They should also refrain from traveling to landmarks, hospitals and gathering in large groups to view the flyover, officials said. A detailed flight route will be released Thursday.
The team welcomes viewers to tag the flyover on social media at #AmericaStrong and #Thunderbirds.
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