San Diegans look up the sky.

Look not for birds, not for Superman.

But planes. It’s not just any planes.

It’s the US Air Force Thunderbirds.


The famed US Air Force Thunderbirds will conduct a fly over San Diego and Los Angeles to honor frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic, said a report from ABC7.

The aerial show is expected to cover lots of ground, with the flyover covering 26 medical centers in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas.

The flyover will involve six F-16C/D Fighting Falcons.

The route over San Diego will start Friday at noon and last about 15 minutes.

The route over Los Angeles will start at 1:10 p.m. and last about 30 minutes.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer in a press conference encouraged San Diegans to see the flyover.

He added, if you cannot see it from your house, wear face coverings and keep your distance from others.


The Thunderbirds, alongside the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, had been making their way across other major U.S. cities, performing the air shows as a tribute to healthcare workers, first responders, military and other essential personnel.

Lt. Col. John Caldwell, Thunderbirds commander and leader said, “We hope to give onlookers a touching display of American resolve that honors those serving on the frontline our fight against COVID-19.”

On April, dozens of pilots soared above San Diego County hospitals to show their gratitude to health care workers with a flyby.

The “flybys” passed over various hospitals, including Palomar Medical Center, Pomerado Hospital, Psychiatric Hospital of San Diego County, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego VA Medical Center, Scripps Chula Vista, Scripps Encinitas, Scripps Green, Sharp Chula Vista, Sharp Coronado, Sharp Memorial, and Sharp Grossmont.

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