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Posted on: May 8, 2020

Aerial Flyover to Honor Santa Cruz County First Responders and Essential Workers

Flyover May 9th

Area residents should turn their eyes skyward on the afternoon of Saturday, May 9 to witness an aerial tribute to the many people who have given to their community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lightning Formation Airshows, with support from Watsonville Municipal Airport, will fly over the region and draw commemorative hearts over selected sites along the route. This is meant to show thanks and to recognize first responders (Medical staff, Firefighters, Law Enforcement and Paramedics) and all essential workers, including those supporting grocery stores, educational institutions, restaurants, utility services, farm workers and countless others. 

“We also share our compassion with those in our community with loved ones who are sick or have been tragically lost to this disease,” says Mercedes Eulitt, Lightning Formation Airshows wingman and Watsonville resident. Lightning Formation Airshows is a professional airshow team comprised of eight pilots and planes flying in close formation. They will feature aerial smoke to make them highly visible as they overfly selected locations and circle over the hospital sites.

The aircraft will be low enough to be easily photographed, while remaining compliant with all FAA regulations. Four of the pilots are area locals, and are based at the Watsonville and King City airports. Rayvon Williams, Director of Watsonville Municipal Airport stated “Watsonville Airport is pleased to partner with Lightning Formation Airshows and support these extremely talented aviators. It’s just another example of the City’s commitment to our community and an opportunity for our aviation community to say ‘Thanks!’ to our local essential workers.”

 The route illustrated on the accompanying map provides estimated times over northern and southern areas of Santa Cruz County, including hearts over Watsonville Community Hospital and Dominican Hospital. Times are approximate.

“Everyone is invited to find the location and time where the overflight is closest to them,” said Scott Randolph, Lightning Formation Airshows wingman and Aptos resident. “Join us in a safe, socially-distant thanks to our community by looking up and waving as we fly over.”

Lightning Formation Airshows joins others in the aviation community around the country who have honored essential workers and communities through aerial demonstration. Together we can show support for all those impacted, renew our energy, and look forward to post COVID-19.


For more information, please call:

Alexandra Aguado | Email: alexandra.aguado@cityofwatsonville.org | Phone: (831) 768-3575

 Shawna Malvini Redden | Email: info@lightningairshows.com | Phone: (916) 747-3166 

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