Super Hercules Operation America Strong soars over Ojai to thank healthcare workers

Ojai Valley News photo by Ally Mills

This bird photo-bombed Ally Mills' photo of the C-130J that tore over Ojai skies Thursday.

Two C-130Js, flown by the 115th Airlift Squadron, streaked over Ojai Valley Community Hospital on Thursday at about 3 p.m., greeted by excited residents who welcomed the flyover.

The flyover was part of "Operation America Strong," honoring California's front-line COVID-19 first responders and everyone on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19.
A formation of two C-130J Super Hercules aircraft started the flyover at about 2 p.m., flying out of the Palmdale Regional Medical Facility, flew over Ojai Valley Community Hospital and then added a welcome and surprise Santa Paula Hospital flyover5 15 PLAND 2


Ojai Valley News photo by Ally Mills

Just like rays of sunshine, the Super Hercules airplanes brightened everyone's day in Ojai on Thursday.


"We are so grateful to all of our healthcare workers serving in our communities," stated U.S. Air Force Col. Keith Chkasawa, 146th Airlift Wing commander. "Please join us as we show our appreciation to local healthcare workers with a flyover salute, honoring their commitment in providing care to our communities. From all our airmen serving at the 146th Airlift Wing, you have our most sincere thanks and gratitude. Thank you for your service."

Residents in the areas of the flyover were asked to watch the flyover from their homes and maintain all social-distancing guidelines during the event. That largely occurred as people streamed out of the hospitals, their businesses and homes to catch a glimpse of the behemoth aircraft that tipped their wings at the healthcare workers at Ojai Valley Community Hospital waving to them below.
People are encouraged to tag the 146th Airlift Wing on social media in photos and videos of the formation with the hashtags #146AW, #AmericaStrong, and #CalGuard.


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