The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds delighted West Hollywood residents today when they conducted flyovers in Los Angeles, Orange County and other areas of Southern California to honor local front line workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic. They flew closer to WeHo than was originally anticipated.
The moment was brief, but hard to miss as the formation of six F-16-C/D Fighting Falcons were clearly seen from the City of West Hollywood with a 7th fighter trailing a few seconds behind. According to reports the famed aerobatic team took a brief vacation from its base in Nevada to salute hospital workers and first responders in Southern California.
These shots were taken from a rooftop on the Sunset Strip facing south on Santa Monica Boulevard. The jets traveled at hundreds of miles an hour, so they were visible to the WeHo eye for about 30 to 45 seconds.
The rundown of their flight path is as follows: The flight path began in the Laguna Beach area in Orange County and made its way to the southern portion of Los Angeles County. It then looped around and reached the Corona area before heading to the Moreno Valley area in Riverside County. The Thunderbirds then reached the Ventura County area and concluded the last leg of the flyover in the Santa Clarita area. Photos by the city of West Hollywood were clocked in at 1:48pm.
Southern California residents were advised to watch the flyover from the safety of their home and refrain from traveling outside of their homes to watch the event. They were also advised to maintain physical distancing and avoid large gatherings to view the jets.
The Thunderbirds flyover today is similar to what the Blue Angels, the Navy’s aerobatics team, have been doing cross country with their flyovers, soaring over medical facilities and honoring workers.