Oklahomans Take In Air Force Flyover In OKC Metro Area

Friday, May 1st 2020, 5:29 pm

People across the Oklahoma City metro took in a half hour airshow honoring frontline workers in the battle against COVID-19.

The U.S. Air Force 97th Mobility Wing and the 71st Flying Training Wing flew over several hospitals and medical centers to salute to health care workers, first responders, transportation drivers, grocery workers and other essential personnel.

“It's a nice break from the stress that occurs inside the hospital,” Integris Baptist ICU nurse Shea Weir said.

According to the Air Force, the flyover featured four C-17 Globemaster IIIs, two KC-135 Stratotankers, two KC-46 Pegasus, four T-38 Talons, two T-1 Jayhawks, and four T-6 Texan IIs.

The flyover a tip of the hat, and wing, to Oklahoma’s often unsung heroes.

“We've seen a lot of patients that have been pretty sick, and having to put on all the extra gear, and the people that are sick are really sick,” an Integris nurse said.

Weir watched the flyover with her family.

“When I'm at work and having a tough shift, my sister will send me a video of my niece which is really comforting,” she said. “I think in times like this, it's very comforting to spend time with family and friends.”