Air Force jets to fly over Long Beach early Friday afternoon

A flyover by the Air Force’s Thunderbirds squadron will pass over Long Beach between approximately 1:30 and 2 p.m. Friday, according to a scheduled released by the group.

The squadron of six F-16C/D Fighting Falcons is conducting the flyover as part of a nationwide salute to health care personnel, first responders and other essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

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

A different flyover by the California Air National Guard had been scheduled over the Long Beach and Los Angeles area for Wednesday, but it was canceled in favor of the Thunderbird’s display.

The Thunderbirds are scheduled to start their display in San Diego around noon before heading to the LA area around 1:30 p.m. They’re set to loop over Orange County, into the South Bay and then south through Long Beach.

The Air Force said Friday’s schedule was subject to change if needed.


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