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four C-130s taxi on the flight line

U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base taxi to fly over Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

C-130s fly over the city of Little Rock Arkansas

U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over the state of Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

C-130s fly over the city of Little Rock Arkansas

U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over the state of Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

A C-130 flies of the Arkansas River

U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over the state of Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Jessica Roles)

C-130s fly over the city of Little Rock Arkansas

U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over the Arkansas State Capitol May 8, 2020, to salute healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel who are on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19. The display of air power was also in honor of the sacrifices all Americans are making to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Spectators watch as two C-130s fly over the city

U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)

Spectators watch as two C-130s fly over the city

U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)

Spectators watch as two C-130s fly over the city

U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over the state of Arkansas May 8, 2020, to salute healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel who are on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19. The display of air power was also in honor of the sacrifices all Americans are making to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

C-130s fly over the city of Little Rock Arkansas

U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over the state of Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Two C-130s fly over the city
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over the state of Arkansas May 8, 2020, to salute healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel who are on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19. The display of air power was also in honor of the sacrifices all Americans are making to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force Reserve photo by Senior Airman Nathan Byrnes)

Spectators watch as two C-130s fly over the city
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

Spectators watch as two C-130s fly over the city
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over the state of Arkansas May 8, 2020, to salute healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel who are on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19. The display of air power was also in honor of the sacrifices all Americans are making to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

Spectators watch as two C-130s fly over the city
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

Spectators watch as two C-130s fly over the city
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Spectators watch as two C-130s fly over the city
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over the state of Arkansas May 8, 2020, to salute healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel who are on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19. The display of air power was also in honor of the sacrifices all Americans are making to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)

Spectators watch as two C-130s fly over the city
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Spectators watch as two C-130s fly over the city
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over the state of Arkansas May 8, 2020, to salute healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel who are on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19. The display of air power was also in honor of the sacrifices all Americans are making to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

Spectators watch as two C-130s fly over the city
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)

Spectators watch as two C-130s fly over the city
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)

C-130s fly over the city of Little Rock Arkansas
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over the state of Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Spectators watch as two C-130s fly over the city
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over the state of Arkansas May 8, 2020, to salute healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel who are on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19. The display of air power was also in honor of the sacrifices all Americans are making to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Spectators watch as two C-130s fly over the city
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jayden Ford)

Spectators watch as two C-130s fly over the city
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over the state of Arkansas May 8, 2020, to salute healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel who are on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19. The display of air power was also in honor of the sacrifices all Americans are making to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jayden Ford)

U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Veterans Affairs Medical Center in downtown Little Rock Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Veterans Affairs Medical Center in downtown Little Rock Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Veterans Affairs Medical Center in downtown Little Rock Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Veterans Affairs Medical Center in downtown Little Rock Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Veterans Affairs Medical Center in downtown Little Rock Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Veterans Affairs Medical Center in downtown Little Rock Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Veterans Affairs Medical Center in downtown Little Rock Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Veterans Affairs Medical Center in downtown Little Rock Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Veterans Affairs Medical Center in downtown Little Rock Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Veterans Affairs Medical Center in downtown Little Rock Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

People watch as two C-130s fly over the city
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force Reserve photo by Maj. Ashley Walker)

People watch as two C-130s fly over the city
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force Reserve photo by Maj. Ashley Walker)

People watch as two C-130s fly over the city
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over the state of Arkansas May 8, 2020, to salute healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel who are on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19. The display of air power was also in honor of the sacrifices all Americans are making to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force Reserve photo by Maj. Ashley Walker)

People watch as two C-130s fly over the city
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force Reserve photo by Maj. Ashley Walker)

People watch as two C-130s fly over the city
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over the state of Arkansas May 8, 2020, to salute healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel who are on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19. The display of air power was also in honor of the sacrifices all Americans are making to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force Reserve photo by Maj. Ashley Walker)

Spectators watch as two C-130s fly over the city
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Two C-130s fly over the city
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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over Arkansas, May 8, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Porter)

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U.S. Air Force C-130s from Little Rock Air Force Base fly over the state of Arkansas May 8, 2020, to salute healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel who are on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19. The display of air power was also in honor of the sacrifices all Americans are making to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Porter)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. -- Little Rock Air Force Base flew over medical facilities throughout the state of Arkansas May 8 to honor and express Team Little Rock’s gratitude for all healthcare professionals, essential employees and volunteers in the fight against COVID-19.

The flyover included four C-130 Hercules aircraft in two separate two-ship formations, one assigned to the each component that comprises Team Little Rock: the 19th Airlift Wing, the 314th AW, the 189th AW, and the 913th Airlift Group.

“We are in this fight together. We have deep gratitude for all healthcare personnel and other essential employees and volunteers who are confronting this invisible enemy,” said Col. John Schutte, 19th Airlift Wing and installation commander. “While defending the homeland has taken a new shape, we are proud to serve alongside those in and out of uniform. This flyover is our way of sending a heartfelt salute and ‘Thank You’ to all those on the frontlines in the fight against this virus. Without their dedication and hard work, we would not be able to execute our vital, strategic mission.”

The aircraft flew over various cities, hospitals and multiple major landmarks in the area. The flight was part of a larger Air Force movement to honor and show the Department of Defense’s respect to all front-line workers in this challenging time.

America Strong flyovers are a way for the U.S. Air Force to show appreciation to the thousands of American heroes who are at the front line battling COVID-19 and providing the support that America needs. Flyovers are fully functional training missions, designed to maintain the lethality and readiness of Air Force pilots and maintainers; they are conducted at no additional cost to taxpayers and are incorporated into existing flying schedules.

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