UPDATE: California National Guard flyover will skip Southern California

The California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing will skip the Southern California area on Wednesday, keeping its flight path in Northern California.

The flyover to salute to doctors, nurses and other health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic had been originally scheduled to visit the Los Angeles area with flights over Miller Children’s Hospital and St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach.

Instead, the Air Force Thunderbirds will fly over the Los Angeles and San Diego areas on Friday starting around 1 p.m., but they haven’t released a route yet, so it’s unclear if they’ll pass over Long Beach.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the route change.

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Kelly Puente is a general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. Her prolific reporting has taken her all over Southern California—even to the small Catalina Island town of Two Harbors. She is a Tiki mug collector and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].