Air Force Thunderbirds Honor Colorado Coronavirus Workers With An Amazing Flyover

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Coronavirus first responders in Colorado got a boost Saturday from the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, who completed an hour-long flyover of the state honoring the workers.

The F-16 Fighting Falcons began with an airborne tribute for the U.S. Air Force Academy commencement in Colorado Springs.  Vice President Mike Pence gave an in-person address at the event.

The Thunderbirds continued on with the statewide flyover, which took the pilots over more than 40 medical facilities.

The Thunderbirds said the eight-jet, hourlong flyover was a tribute to health care workers, police, military personnel and other essential employees.

“Our team is honored to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the countless Coloradans working every day to support their communities during this difficult time in our nation,” Lt. Col. John Caldwell, the commander of the demonstration squadron, said in a news release.  “We want Coloradans to look up from their homes and enjoy the display of American resolve and price while keeping frontline responders in their hearts.”

Here’s the flight path across the state:

I live in Colorado, but I’m spending a few weeks weathering this quarantine from my parents’ house a few states away.  Between Saturday’s Thunderbirds performance and Sunday’s Reopen Colorado protests, I kind of wish I was back in Colorado for the weekend – that flight path goes right over my house!

Here are a few more videos of the flyover:

A big thank you to all of the coronavirus responders, both in Colorado and across the country!

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