F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team & 388th Fighter Wing to salute Utah with 'Utah Strong Flyover'

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Posted at 8:04 AM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 15:53:38-04

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — The Air Force F-35A Lightning II Demonstration and 388th Fighter Wing will be performing a formation flyover throughout the state of Utah, Thursday, 30 April, beginning at 1 p.m.

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The "Utah Strong Flyover is a salute to everyone on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19, as well as those staying at home to “flatten the curve” of the virus.

The formation will be led by the F-35A Demo Team pilot, Capt. Kristin “BEO” Wolfe, with three combat-ready F-35 pilots from the 388th Fighter Wing.

“This flyover is our way of saluting those that are keeping our home-front safe during these unique times,” said Capt. Wolfe. “To provide just a small showcase of our appreciation to everyone that is doing their part to combat the virus, and to say ‘thank you for your sacrifice and service’, to let everyone who has been affected by this pandemic know that we stand by you.”

The flyover is schedule to takeoff from Hill Air Force Base, and will proceed south through Salt Lake City down to the southern border of the state near St. George, before looping up to Park City and Logan, before proceeding south through Ogden back to the base. A flight map has been attached with an approximate route. The flight path was coordinated with Utah State officials as well as members of the Federal Aviation Administration. The flight plan and flight times are subject to change without notice.

Utah residents should observe the flyover from the safety of their home-quarantine and should refrain from traveling to see the flyover. Citizens should also maintain social distancing and avoid large gatherings.

The F-35, America’s newest fifth-generation fighter, provides game-changing stealth, interoperability and lethality. It can penetrate dangerous airspace that other aircraft cannot and destroy high-threat targets both in the air and on the ground.