Thunderbirds to Honor Front-Line Workers by Flying over Colorado Communities

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The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" perform
The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" perform at the Thunder of Niagara Air Show near Niagara Falls, N.Y., on June 10, 2018. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Cory W. Bush)

The Air Force Thunderbirds will lift the spirits of Air Force Academy graduates on Saturday in a traditional flyover. Then, the F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots will break with tradition and perform a series of community flyovers to honor Colorado's front-line COVID-19 responders.

The community flyovers, which will start about 12:50 p.m. and last an hour, are a way to "honor health care workers, first responders, military members and other essential personnel who are working on the front lines to combat the coronavirus," according to an Air Force news release.

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to deliver remarks at the Air Force Academy's graduation in Colorado Springs.

The Thunderbirds formation, made up of eight F-16, single-engine supersonic fighter aircraft, will fly over areas including Greeley, Windsor, Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, Boulder, Denver, Denver International Airport, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Fort Carson and Pueblo.

Front Range residents can expect to hear the jets roar as they zoom overhead. Some will see the tight formation of fighter aircraft race in precise formation through the Colorado sky.

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

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