Four F-15C Eagle Tactical Fighter Jets, with the 144th Fighter Wing out of Fresno, will be performing a formation flyover throughout California, beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13. The pilots will be flying in salute to health care workers, first responders, and everyone on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. The flyover is scheduled to take off from California Air National Guard Base, Fresno, and pass over medical facilities in the San Joaquin Valley, Sacramento Area, Bay Area, and Southern California, covering the towns of Reedley, Selma, Madera, Sacramento, Richmond/Oakland, San Jose, Monterey, Los Angeles, and Clovis before returning to base in Fresno.
The four jets are part of the nationwide salute by the Air Force for health care workers and those on the front lines. The pilots plan to do a low pass at several locations including the Capitol, California Office of Emergency Services, and CHP and Cal Fire Headquarters locations.
Residents in these areas will be able to see the flyover from the safety of their homes and should maintain all social distancing guidelines during this event. They should also refrain from traveling to landmarks, hospitals, and gathering in large groups to view the flyover. They can also expect to hear jet noise as the aircraft fly overhead.
Guard members said they welcome and encourage viewers to tag them on social media in photos and videos of the formation with the hashtags #144FW, #AmericaStrong, and #CaliforniaNationalGuard.
All times are subject to change based on weather and environmental considerations.