BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. May 8, 2020 – The Recce Town T-38s and 9th Reconnaissance Wing will be performing a formation flyover throughout Northern California, Saturday, 09 May, beginning at 12 p.m., in salute to everyone on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19, as well as those staying at home to “flatten the curve” of the virus.
The formation will be led by the T-38 pilot, Capt. Parker “Betty” Dodds with three combat-ready T-38 pilots from the 9th Reconnaissance Wing.
“My fellow Airmen and I are honored to be able to show our support for our healthcare workers and first responders. We hope it brings some joy to them and the community during these uncertain times.” said Capt Parker Dodds, T-38 Instructor Pilot.
The flyover is scheduled to takeoff from Beale Air Force Base, and pass over medical facilities in and around Sacramento covering the towns of Grass Valley, Yuba City, Marysville, Wheatland, Lincoln, Roseville, Folsom, Citrus Heights, Sacramento, Vacaville, Travis AFB, Woodland, and Oroville before returning to base.
The flyover is intended to provide a salute to all the healthcare professionals, frontline responders, and essential personnel working to keep everyone safe and healthy during these unique times. The flyover also provides training to the pilots, and demonstrates the readiness of the Air Force.
“The flyover is a show of support and a salute to Northern California healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential personnel on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19″, says Col Andy “Spoo” Clark, Commander of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base. “It is our way of saying ‘thank you for your service and sacrifice’”.