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WATCH: Fairchild tankers honor Spokane-area medical workers with flyover

Two KC-135 Stratotankers from Fairchild Air Force Base flew over Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, and other cities to honor medical workers on Friday.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Fairchild Air Force Base honored those on the frontlines of the fight against coronavirus in eastern Washington and North Idaho with a flyover on Friday afternoon.

Two KC-135 Stratotankers from the base began the "America Strong Flyover" at about noon on Friday and continue their flight path over various medical facilities for two hours. Both the 92nd Air Refueling Wing and 141st Air Refueling Wing had crew members aboard the jets.

The path began at Fairchild and flew over Moses Lake, Yakima and the Tri-Cities, and Walla Walla before moving to Spokane and Coeur d'Alene.  

“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.”

Watch video of the flyover in Moses Lake

The flyover schedule for eastern Washington and North Idaho is below:

Moses Lake:

Moses Lake Samaritan Hospital – 12:22 PM


Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital – 12:39 PM


Richland Hospital – 12:57 PM

Kennewick/Pasco – 12:59 PM

Walla Walla:

Jonathan M. Waintwright Memorial VA Medical Center – 1:10  


Shriners/Deaconess Hospital – 1:29 PM

Sacred Heart Medical Center – 1:29 PM

Holy Family Hospital – 1:44 PM

VA Hospital – 1:45 PM

Coeur d'Alene:

Kootenai Medical Center – 1:38 PM

Credit: Fairchild Airforce Base

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