Red Tails Salute Alabama Heroes

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Healthcare workers gather outside Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, Alabama to watch the 187th Fighter Wing Red Tails flyover to salute the healthcare heroes fighting on the frontlines of #COVID19 on May 5, 2020. (Photo by Army Staff Sgt. William Frye.)

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The Alabama National Guard 187th Fighter Wing Red Tails flyover Jackson Hospital in support of healthcare heroes fighting on the frontlines of #COVID19 in Montgomery Alabama, on May 5, 2020.

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Flight path for the 187th Fighter Wing's Air Force Salutes flyover over Decatur, Ala. happening May 5, 2020.

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Flight path for the 187th Fighter Wing's Air Force Salutes flyover over Dothan, Ala. happening May 5, 2020.

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Flight path for the 187th Fighter Wing's Air Force Salutes flyover over Mobile, Ala. happening May 5, 2020.

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Flight path for the 187th Fighter Wing's Air Force Salutes flyover over Tuscaloosa, Ala. happening May 5, 2020.

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Flight path for the 187th Fighter Wing's Air Force Salutes flyover over Montgomery, Ala. happening May 5, 2020.

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Flight path for the 187th Fighter Wing's Air Force Salutes flyover over Auburn and Tuskegee, Ala. happening May 5, 2020.

DANNELLY FIELD, Ala. --

Dannelly Field’s Red Tails will honor Alabama’s frontline heroes in the COVID19 response with a flyover of hospitals and communities in seven cities throughout the state, May 5, 2020. 

“It is a distinct honor to express our gratitude and that of our fellow Alabamians for the heroes on the frontlines of COVID19 with this showcase of American airpower,” said Colonel Ed Casey, 187th Fighter Wing commander. “It’s our hope that these F-16 flyovers will offer residents and workers in these communities pride in our state, hope for our country, and resolve in our fight against the coronavirus.” 

The Red Tails plan to launch a total of six F-16s as part of their training missions Tuesday. Two F-16s will fly over the cities of Montgomery, Auburn, Tuskegee, Tuscaloosa, Decatur, Mobile and Dothan. Residents and workers in this area should expect a 10-15 second window of jet noise during the flyover. 

Residents and frontline workers should plan to see the flyovers during the following times May 5, 2020: 

Auburn, Tuskegee, Montgomery: 12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

Tuscaloosa: 12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. 

Mobile: 12:10 p.m. – 12:20 p.m. 

Decatur: 12:15 p.m. – 12:25 p.m. 

Dothan: 12:30 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. 

The flyovers may be delayed or postponed due to weather, air traffic or maintenance. Any updates to the schedule will be sent to the local media and posted on the 187FW Facebook page. 

We encourage Alabamians to view the flyovers from the safety of their shelter in place location and abide by social distancing guidelines established by the CDC and WHO for their safety and that of their community members. Please refrain from congregating in large groups or traveling to landmarks or hospitals to view the flyovers. 

We welcome and encourage viewers to tag Dannelly Field using the hashtag #WeSaluteAlabama, #AirForceSalutes and #TogetherAL in photos and videos of the flyover. 

Please contact Dannelly Field Public Affairs for questions or concerns at 334-394-7158.