Flying over the front lines

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald A hospital employee watches a KC-135 fly over Hilo Medical Center on Thursday in salute of all front-line workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Doctors and nurses watch a KC-135 aircraft fly over Hilo Medical Center on Thursday. The Hawaii Air National Guard and 15th Wing Active Duty Airmen from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam flew over most of Hawaii’s large hospitals and major metropolitan areas in a salute to all front-line workers battling COVID-19.

A KC-135 aircraft from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam flew over Hilo Medical Center at 12:31 p.m. Thursday to salute all front-line workers battling COVID-19.

The KC-135 provides aerial refueling support to Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and allied nation aircraft, and is operated by the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 203rd Air Refueling Squadron.

Spectators slowly walked inside after realizing only one plane would be flying over the hospital.

Inspired by the Air Force’s Operation American Resolve Salutes campaign, the flyover was intended to honor to all the health care professionals, front-line responders and essential personnel working to keep everyone safe and healthy during the pandemic.


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