Air Force to salute Oklahoma’s frontline fighters with special flyover

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LAWTON, Okla. (KFOR) – Oklahoma’s frontline fighters are encouraged to look to the skies for a special salute honoring their sacrifices.

According to Altus Air Force Base, the 97th Air Mobility Wing and the 71st Flying Training Wing are partnering to fly over several medical centers in Oklahoma to honor the frontline fighters.

Organizers say the flyovers are a salute to healthcare workers, first responders, transportation drivers, grocery workers, and other essential personnel supporting the COVID-19 effort in Oklahoma.

The flyovers will feature formations of four T-38 Talons, two T-1 Jayhawks, four C-17 Globemaster IIIs, two KC-135 Stratotankers, two KC-46 Pegasus, and four T-6 Texan IIs.

The aircraft will fly over the locations in five-minute, separated time blocks.

Organizers say the route will begin in Enid with a flight over INTEGRIS Bass Baptist and St. Mary’s Medical Center around 9:35 a.m. on Friday, May 1.

The aircraft will continue their route north of Oklahoma City and will fly over the following hospitals:

  • Summit Medical Center
  • St. Anthony Healthplex North
  • Mercy Hospital OKC
  • INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center
  • St. Anthony Hospital OKC
  • OKC Va Health Care System
  • OU Medical Center
  • OU Children’s Hospital
  • Norman Regional in Moore
  • Norman Regional Hospital.

The formations will also fly over the Fort Sill Veterans Center and Comanche REgional Hospital in Lawton beginning around 10:09 a.m.

They will reach the Jackson County Memorial Hospital in Altus around 10:21 a.m.

Oklahoma residents along the flight path should be able to see the flyover from their homes between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on May 1.

The 97th AMW and 71st FTW welcomes and encourages viewers to tag the bases on social media in photos and videos they capture during the flyovers using #AirForceSalutes, #MobilitysHometown, and #VanceProud.

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