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.

The Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation around the Tower of the Americas. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report
Health care workers gather at the top of the University Hospital System parking garage rooftop to watch the Air Force Thunderbirds. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
A man takes a video of the Air Force Thunderbirds in the Lifetime Fitness parking lot at 18510 U.S. Hwy 281 N. Credit: Lindsey Carnett / San Antonio Report
The Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation above downtown. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report
The Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation above the University Health System parking garage. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
People gather at Stone Ridge Market, a shopping center at U.S. Highway 281 and Evans Road, to watch the Air Force Thunderbirds. Credit: Wendy Cook / San Antonio Report
The Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation away from downtown San Antonio. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report
Nurse Andrew Snell waves an American flag on the roof of North Central Baptist Hospital as the Air Force Thunderbirds fly overhead. Credit: Shari Biediger / San Antonio Report
The Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation above downtown. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report
The Air Force Thunderbirds fly over the Rivard Report office. Credit: Kassie Kelly / San Antonio Report
Health care workers gather at the top of the University Hospital System parking garage rooftop to watch the Air Force Thunderbirds fly. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

San Antonio Report Staff

This article was assembled by various members of the San Antonio Report staff.