Military flyover tribute honors healthcare workers in Baton Rouge, New Orleans

Military flyover tribute honors healthcare workers in Baton Rouge, New Orleans
The flyover started in Baton Rouge around noon. This shows the healthcare workers from Our Lady of the Lake hospital. (Source: WAFB)

(WAFB) - Pilots from Barksdale Air Force Base and the Louisiana Air National Guard flew over medical facilities in Baton Rouge and New Orleans on Friday to honor healthcare workers, essential employees, and volunteers working in the fight against COVID-19.

The flyover was part of the Air Force Salutes program.

Officials with the Air Force say the flyover included 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.

“We thank the dedicated men and women who are on the front-line combating the COVID-19 health crisis,” said Maj. Gen. James Dawkins Jr., 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander. “The special bomber demonstrations are not only a tribute to these individuals, but also serve as a visible reminder of Americans’ solidarity and drive during a very challenging time.”

“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.”

The flyovers lasted about 10 to 20 minutes each.

New Orleans flyover map
New Orleans flyover map (Source: U.S. Air Force)
Baton Rouge flyover map
Baton Rouge flyover map (Source: U.S. Air Force)

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