Fighter jets from the Colorado Air National Guard's 140th Wing will fly over several Independence Day celebrations this weekend.
What could be more patriotic on the 4th of July than a flyover of F-16 Fighting Falcon jets? If you love the sight and sounds of these amazing planes, you are in luck this weekend.
The Colorado Air National Guard announced it will support Independence Day observances this weekend with several planned flyovers. "The flyovers showcase the investment in the readiness and modernization of its force," the Colorado Air National Guard said. The flyovers serve as training for Guard pilots and are not funded with taxpayer dollars.
The jets will launch from Buckley Space Force Base in Aurora around 10 a.m. Sunday, and a formation of fighters will fly over several communities until about noon when they will return to base. See the approximate schedule for flyovers below.
"It is truly a privilege to join our local communities in celebration of Independence Day," said U.S. Air Force Colonel Micah Fesler, commander of the 140th Wing. "May the sound of freedom tearing across the skies evoke pride in the things that unite us as a nation, as well as honor the self-evident truths and inalienable rights codified within our Declaration of Independence."
Approximate locations and times where aircraft will perform flyovers:
- Lake City - 10:24 a.m.
- Silverton - 10:27 a.m.
- Telluride - 10:30 a.m.
- Redstone - 10:40 a.m.
- New Castle - 10:44 a.m.
- Eagle - 10:57 a.m.
- Vail - 11:01 a.m.
- Grand Lake - 11:08 a.m.
- Windsor - 11:21 a.m.
- Westminster - 11:29 a.m.
The aircraft may be also be seen between scheduled locations as they transition between Independence Day celebrations. Times and locations are approximate, and the schedule could be impacted by weather and visibility.
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