TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Look up!
One of two KC-135’s from MacDill Air Force Base hit the skies over Tampa Bay this morning to honor healthcare workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. The other plane was grounded due to maintenance issues.
Twelve different hospitals around Tampa Bay will be able to see the tribute.
The plane took off at 9:30 a.m. and headed toward the Skyway Bridge. Then it’s expected to head back north along the bay, turn south and follow I-75 to Sarasota, then turn north through St. Petersburg before returning to the base over downtown.
The following hospitals are included in the pathway and the plane will be visible at the following times:
- Tampa General Davis Island at 10:30 a.m.
- Brandon Regional at 10:33 a.m.
- Riverview Regional at 10:34 a.m.
- South Bay Hospital at 10:35 a.m.
- Sarasota Memorial at 10:39 a.m.
- St Anthony (St Pete) at 10:54 a.m.
- St Pete Gen Women’s Hospital at 10:55 a.m.
- Pines Bay VA at 10:55 a.m.
- Largo Medical Center at 10:56 a.m.
- Children’s Medical Center at 10:58 a.m.
- Tampa Gen ( North Tampa) at 11:03 a.m.
- USF at 11:04 a.m.
The honor flight will be piloted a combination of active duty and reserve teams from the 6th Air Refueling Wing and the 927th Air Refueling Wing stationed at MacDill Air Force Base.
Colonel Stephen Snelson told 8 On Your Side’s Lila Gross he is excited to bring a little joy today.
Colonel Stephen Snelson said he is really excited to see hopefully those healthcare workers to take a quick break to step outside and catch the flight. Even though probably most of them will be masked, he hopes they smile.
The flyover begins this morning at 9:30 a.m. and you can see it in action through lunchtime.
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