Military pilots to fly over Baton Rouge, New Orleans medical facilities to honor healthcare workers, essential employees

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Photo courtesy of the Barksdale Air Force Base Facebook page.

LOUISIANA (BRPROUD) – Barksdale Air Force Base and Louisiana Air National Guard pilots plan to fly over medical facilities in Baton Rouge and New Orleans Friday to honor healthcare workers, essential employees and volunteers who are working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The flyover, which is part of the Airforce Salutes program, will feature 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 New Orleans, according to the United States Airforce Public Affairs Division.

“We thank the dedicated men and women who are on the frontline combating the COVID-19 health crisis,” Maj. Gen. James Dawkins Jr., 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, said. “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.”

Aircraft will be above New Orleans around 9:30 a.m. and will be over Baton Rouge around noon. Each flight will last 10 to 20 minutes.

Residents can join Barksdale Airforce Base from their homes during the event by viewing coverage on its Facebook page.

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