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Two dozen pilots to perform 'thank you' flybys for San Diego hospital workers

Posted at 11:12 AM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 14:06:31-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — More than two dozen pilots will take to the skies over local hospitals on Friday to show their appreciation for medical workers.

Flyovers will kickoff starting at 10:15 a.m. as more than 25 aircraft perform flybys for Sharp Healthcare hospitals and other local hospitals, according to Sharp Healthcare.

Pilots will fly in formation, carry “thank you” banners across the county to their stops, make smoke patterns, and perform stunts for staff watching from below.

The schedule for facilities includes:

  • Sharp Memorial Hospital (west side of hospital): 10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Sharp Coronado Hospital (over the bay by the Coronado Bay Bridge; caregivers will gather on grass at Tidelands Park): 10:25 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.
  • Sharp Chula Vista Hospital (south side of hospital): 10:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.
  • Sharp Grossmont Hospital (west side of hospital): 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • Scripps Green: 10:10 a.m. to 10:25 a.m.
  • Scripps Encinitas: 10:20 a.m. to 10:25 a.m.
  • Downtown San Diego: 10:25 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.
  • Scripps Mercy Chula Vista: 10:25 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.

Planes cannot flyover Scripps La Jolla and Scripps Mercy San Diego due to flight path restrictions, according to an email to Scripps employees.

The flyovers are organized by veteran pilot, Phil Kendro, whose wife also works at Sharp Memorial Hospital.

Some of the planes featured in the flyby include a 1940s-era American pre-World War II Stearman trainers, Piper Club aircraft, commemorative Air Force Air Group One aircraft, and more, according to an email from Scripps.