Fighter jets soar over Richmond in salute to COVID-19 frontliners

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Fighter jets soar over Richmond in salute of COVID-19 frontliners
Four F-15C Eagle Tactical Fighter Jets appeared over the East Bay hills and continued directly toward Kaiser, eventually flying directly overhead. (Photos and video credit: Kathy and Zach Chouteau)

By Kathy Chouteau

A group of approximately 40 health care professionals gathered this morning at Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center to view a special salute in their honor.

At 10:48 a.m., four F-15C Eagle Tactical Fighter Jets appeared over the East Bay hills and continued directly toward Kaiser, eventually flying directly overhead—their flight path intended as a tribute to the front line health care workers battling against the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the fighter jets passed over, a crowd of health care workers ranging from doctors to nurses to administrators cheered enthusiastically from their excellent vantage point on Kaiser’s open-air, fifth floor parking garage.

The formation flyover was over as soon as it began, but was no less impressive or impactful. One unidentified worker said it made her feel “very emotional” and appreciative of the gesture. After passing over Richmond, the fighter jets continued on toward their next destination: Oakland.

As the Standard previously reported, the fighter jets originally took off this morning from the California Air National Guard Base in Fresno, and first passed over the San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento Area before heading to the Bay Area.

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