The U.S. Air Force’s famed Thunderbirds squadron crisscrossed San Antonio on Wednesday afternoon to the delight of crowds who watched the flyover salute to Americans working on the front lines against the coronavirus.
The event was part of Operation America Strong, a nationwide thank-you to health care workers, first responders, military members, and other essential personnel for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Thank you to all Texas COVID responders. This one’s for you!” the squadron tweeted before the flyover.
Delayed about an hour from the scheduled flyover time because of weather, the squadron of six F-16C/D Fighting Falcons flew in formation around San Antonio, making several passes over the downtown area. The jets covered most parts of the city before heading on to Austin for another flyover.
Health care workers gathered on hospital roofs and outside facilities to observe the flyover, taking photos and waving. Some medical personnel and other bystanders held American flags aloft as the jets streaked across the sky, the engine noise reverberating as they passed.
At Stone Ridge Market on the city’s far North Side, the parking lot that had seen few cars recently was completely full, with observers up on car roofs and in pickup truckbeds to watch the few seconds the Thunderbirds were visible.