COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - UPDATE (2:50 p.m.) The Thunderbirds were, as of 1:45 p.m., running 30 minutes late. As of 2:50 p.m., they have not made it to Colorado Springs or Pueblo. We are working to learn what the new ETA is.
In honor of Saturday's Air Force Academy graduation, the Air Force Thunderbirds will be flying over several Colorado cities.
The flyovers throughout Colorado are in place of the normal performance the Thunderbirds give to honor the graduation of the cadets. It is also meant as a way to honor Colorado's front line COVID-19 responders for all their hard work and dedication to keeping our nation safe.
This is Saturday's flight path:
Tomorrow’s Colorado Flight Path— Thunderbirds (@AFThunderbirds) April 18, 2020
Note: the flyover serves as a salute to the healthcare workers, first responders and other essential personnel on the front line against #COVID in the Centennial State ��#AirForceSalutes pic.twitter.com/JfZMTfEBA1
A formation of eight F-16 Fighting Falcons flying over the following cities:
- Fort Collins
- Denver metropolitan area
- Denver International Airport
- Buckley Air Force Base
- Colorado Springs
- Fort Carson
The graduation will be held at the Academy with a scheduled start time of 11 a.m.
The flyovers will take place after the ceremony; an exact time is not available. You can watch the graduation ceremony on kktv.com and on our Facebook page.
The Thunderbirds encourage viewers to tag the team on social media in photos and videos of their formation with the hashtag #AFThunderbirds and #AFSalutes.