Thunderbirds Fly F-16 Fighter Jets in Formation Over Southern California in Salute to Healthcare Workers

Saturday, May 16, 2020

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(Orange County Register)

It was a quick tribute, over in just a few moments.

But it was a loud and powerful statement of support for medical staff at the area’s hospitals on the frontlines caring for patients sick with the coronavirus.

Members of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds planned low-flying flight paths over Los Angeles County, Orange County and the Inland Empire on Friday afternoon, May 15, as their flashy way of saying thanks. Earlier in the day they buzzed the San Diego area.

Six F-16 Fighting Falcons flew in tight formation, leaving racing hearts and wide smiles in their wake below.

At Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center they saluted as the planes flew by.

“It was the highlight of our week, maybe our month, it’s just super nice to know that people appreciate what we’re doing,” said Katie Love, executive director of medical staff at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach.

She stood with other employees watching the flyover from a mezzanine near the top of the building.

“It’s very humbling to have this kind of recognition,” Michael Hurwitz, a surgeon and Hoag’s chief of staff said, “and we feel very honored to be doing this kind of work for our community.”

Hoag is a platinum-level Leaders Circle sponsor of the Greater Irvine Chamber.

For information on how to become a part of this elite Leaders Circle group, contact Jessica Welch.


Category: COVID-19