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CAF planes pay tribute to health care workers with flyover

Two Commemorative Air Force vintage airplanes flew over the hospital to honor the staff of Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville employees on May 13. Photo: Tony Vindell / LFN


In other parts of the country, the famous Blue Angels and Thunderbirds have been flying over some of the country’s biggest cities honoring those whose jobs have been at the forefront of the coronavirus fight – the health care workers and first responders.

Here in the Rio Grande Valley, the Commemorative Air Force is also paying tribute to doctors, nurses, other hospital workers and EMS employees.
Based at the Cameron County Airport located halfway between Bayview and Laguna Vista, two CAF planes flew over Valley Baptist Medical Center in Brownsville on the morning of Wednesday, May 13.

CAF is in its planning stages to hold its annual air show scheduled to take place Oct. 2, 3, and 4.

The flyover was to pay tribute to those exposing their lives during this pandemic that has been attributed to the death of scores of people all over the country, including in the Rio Grande Valley.

The duo of vintage airplanes made several flyovers as hospital staff waved and applauded.

A week earlier, law enforcement personnel from about a half a dozen agencies drove some 40 vehicles around the three main hospitals in Cameron County also to pay tribute to all healthcare workers.

Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville staff was honored with a flyover by the Commemorative Air Force on May 13. Photo: Tony Vindell / LFN