See a 117th Air Refueling Wing plane fly over Birmingham hospitals Tuesday, May 5

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Step outside to spot the aircraft during Tuesday’s flyover! Photo via the 117th Air Refueling Wing on Facebook

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 ✈️

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin touring Sumpter Smith Air National Guard Base with Col. Scott Grant, Commander, 117th Air Refueling Wing, in June 2019. Photo via U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Bentley

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!

The Way Station

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. 

You can share videos and photos of the flyover with the 117th ARW and the 187th FW by using the hashtags #WeSaluteAlabama, #AirForceSalutes and #TogetherAL


Keep Looking Up, Birmingham. 💛

Photo via the 117th Air Refueling Wing on Facebook

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.

Free Counciling

Here are a few ways to do that right now in Birmingham:

Know of more ways people are supporting local healthcare heroes? Let us know on social @BhamNow or send us an email at!

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Hannah Chambley
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