Sometimes I am lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. Yesterday was one of those days!
After various home projects and it being warm outside, I decided to drive toward Mount Lemmon and stop at a parking area instead of traveling an hour to the top of the mountain. At the elevation I stopped, the air was a bit cooler and it was an overcast day. I overheard a woman ask a man about when the flyover would be and if we will see it from this vantage point. A quick discussion with them, of course I was physically distanced from them, and I had basic info to Google for more specifics.
The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson and the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing were to fly four aircraft over areas around and including Tucson, Arizona. Again as luck would have it, I had wifi to know the flight path and time the aircraft would fly over where I was standing.
This flyover was to honor first responders and civic leaders in Pima County fighting Covid-19. For the aircraft buffs reading this, there were two A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and two F-16 Fighting Falcons. I snapped some photos and will share them here.
I truly hope everyone understands and appreciates the work of first responders. Whether it is the current pandemic or another emergency, these individuals need to be recognized beyond this flyover. Let’s not forget to thank them in our own way too.