U.S. Air Force Four F-15 E Strike Eagles from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro flew over several area hospitals in a show of support for medical workers putting in extra time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fighter jets passed over Wilson Medical Center in Wilson, Johnston UNC Medical Center in Clayton and Smithfield and Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro as part of the Eastern North Carolina Low Altitude Flyover. The jets started to fly at around 1,000 feet in Wilmington at 9:45 a.m. It made for an aerial treat for several communities as people parked near the hospitals to view the spectacle.
Ladder trucks from the Smithfield Fire Department held up a large American flag to show solidarity.
“It motivates us even more to come to work everyday and get in there take care of the members of our community,” said Robert Cupp at Johnston UNC Healthcare. That’s our mission is to take care of the people you see here.
The flyover is a North Carolina version of ones over New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia on Tuesday.
The Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds passed over hospitals there in tribute to health care and other essential workers still on the job during the COVID-19 pandemic.