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Look up to the Birmingham sky Tuesday afternoon to see an aircraft from Birmingham’s 117th Air Refueling Wing fly over local hospitals. Keep reading for all the details, including more ways to show support for our local healthcare heroes now!
A Salute to Local Healthcare Heroes ✈️
On Tuesday, May 5, a KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft from the 117th Air Refueling Wing—a unit of the Alabama Air National Guard, stationed at Birmingham’s Sumpter Smith Air National Guard Base—will be flying over hospitals in Birmingham, sending a salute to local healthcare heroes, essential workers and others on the frontlines responding to the COVID-19 crisis.
The mission is part of the nationwide Air Force Salutes Flyover under Operation American Resolve, a national effort to salute hospital employees and patients. Flyovers will happen across Alabama on Tuesday with aircraft from the 187th Fighter Wing based in Montgomery flying over Auburn, Tuskeegee, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Decatur, Mobile and Dothan!
Here’s the tentative schedule for tomorrow’s flyover:
- Cullman Regional Medical Center | 12:32PM
- Huntsville Hospital | 12:45PM
- St Vincent’s East | 1:07 PM
- St Vincent’s | 1:10 PM
- UAB | 1:10 PM
- Princeton Baptist | 1:10 PM
- Shelby Baptist | 1:16 PM
- Grandview Medical Center | 1:23 PM
- Brookwood Baptist | 1:23 PM
- UAB Highlands | 1:24 PM
*Note: The schedule is tentative, and there could be delays or postponements due to weather, air traffic or maintenance. Follow the 117th Air Refueling Wing on Facebook for updates. For more info on the 187th Fighter Wing flyovers, follow their Facebook page.
Social distancing guidelines still apply, so if you’re planning on watching the flyovers, avoid gathering in groups and traveling to hospitals. If you live near the flyover locations listed above, you will be able to see the plane from the safety of your home.
Keep Looking Up, Birmingham. 💛
You’ve probably seen ways people all over the world have been showing their support for healthcare workers who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. Whether by coordinating flyovers, applauding their work, or simply sharing a positive message, it’s important now more than ever that they know how incredibly thankful we are for their daily sacrifices and hard work.
Here are a few ways to do that right now in Birmingham:
- How Bham Support is making Birmingham better + what you can do to help
- Buy one, give a pair of shoes to a healthcare worker or first responder in Birmingham. Use code GiveOne
- 7 unique ways to help Birmingham’s healthcare + hospitality workers now