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Los Angeles Flyover Friday: Air Force Thunderbirds to to Honor Frontline Workers

Whatever you’re doing Friday at 1pm, stop and look up in the sky:

The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, will honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with formation flights over San Diego and Los Angeles on Friday, May 15.

Flyovers in Los Angeles will start at 1:10 P.M. (PDT) and last approximately 30 minutes.

The Thunderbirds will begin their day in San Diego with flyovers starting at noon (PDT) and last approximately 15 minutes.

Residents in these areas will be able to see the flyover from the safety of their home- quarantine and should maintain all social distancing guidelines during this event. They should also refrain from traveling to landmarks, hospitals and gathering in large groups to view the flyover. A detailed flight route will be released on the day prior to the flyover.

The team welcomes viewers to tag the flyover on social media with the hashtag #AmericaStrong and #Thunderbirds.


“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, Thunderbirds commander and leader. “We hope to give onlookers a touching display of American resolve that honors those serving on the frontline our fight against COVID-19.”

A formation of 6 F-16C/D Fighting Falcons will conduct these flyovers as salute to healthcare 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 6 high-performance aircraft flying in precise formation.

For more information on the Thunderbirds, visit Photo courtesy of the US Air Force Thunderbirds.

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