Fairchild AFB conducting ‘America Strong’ flyover to honor healthcare workers

Gallery: Fairchild participates in NORAD training mission

SPOKANE CO., Wash. — Fairchild Air Force Base is honoring the community with an ‘America Strong’ flyover across the Inland Northwest on Friday.

The purpose of this, according to Fairchild, is to honor and celebrate those on the frontlines against COVID-19.

“We are so thankful for the healthcare workers, first responders, military members and other essential personnel on frontline of the COVID-19 threat,” said Colonel Derek Salmi, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander. “This flyover is one small thing that we can do to say thank you for all of your hard work and remind everyone that we, as a community, are all in this together.”

Naturally, they tell residents to expect an increase in jet noises as pilots make their flyover, and they encourage people to take photos and post them to social media with the hashtags #weARstrong, #FairchildSalutes, #AirForceSalutes, #AmericaStrong and #FlyoverFriday.

The flyover will follow this schedule:

  • Moses Lake Samaritan Hospital (Moses Lake)—12:22 p.m.
  • Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital (Yakima)—12:39 p.m.
  • Richland Hospital (Tri-Cities)—12:57 p.m.
  • Kennewick/Pasco (Tri-Cities)—12:59 p.m.
  • Shriners/Deaconess Hospital (Spokane)—1:29 p.m.
  • Sacred Heart Medical Center (Spokane)—1:29 p.m.
  • Kootenai Medical Center (Coeur d’Alene)—1:38 p.m.
  • Holy Family Hospital (Spokane)—1:44 p.m.
  • VA Hospital (Spokane)—1:45 p.m.