The flyover is part of the Air Force Salutes program.
Officials with the Air Force say the flyover will include two B-52 Stratofortresses assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing and F-15 Strike Eagles from the 159th Fighter Wing based at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in New Orleans.
“The men and women of Barksdale are honored to fly for the healthcare workers who continue to commit themselves during this unprecedented time in our nation,” said Col. Michael Miller, the 2nd Bomb Wing commander. “They are true heroes and we look forward to demonstrating the support our 685,000 total force Airmen in the U.S. Air Force have for healthcare workers in our community and across the nation.”
Those in New Orleans can expect to see the two B-52s escorted by F-15s around 9:30 a.m. Those in Baton Rouge can see the same aircraft around 12 p.m. The flyovers will last about 10 to 20 minutes each. Residents should view the flyover while continuing to maintain social distancing guidelines and refrain from gathering in large groups.
“Just to see the excitement from healthcare workers and to see them get a boost makes me feel great because I know the challenges they’re going through right now, so anything we can do to boost their spirits is fantastic,” said Col. David Gordon, Barksdale Air Force Base, 2nd Operations group commander.
Those who would rather watch the flyover from their homes can do so online here.
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