LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (TB&P) — A team of pilots, including Steuart Walton, chairman of the Arkansas Economic Recovery Task Force, will embark on a one-day, 15-city flyover of the state Saturday with a fleet of World War II-era aircraft to pay respect to those who died from COVID-19 and to show support for frontline heroes in healthcare and first responders.
The flyover tour, touted as the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Arkansas Flyover, will originate from Northwest Arkansas on Saturday starting at 7 a.m. at Thaden Field at Bentonville Municipal Airport. Additional details and the cities included in the flight path are expected to be announced Friday in Little Rock during Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily coronavirus press briefing.
The four-plane fleet will align into aerial formations above each city and will consist of a Goodyear F2G Super Corsair 1944 and three North American P-51 Mustangs.
The planes are scheduled to land at Grider Field in Pine Bluff at 1:15 p.m.
The flyover is similar to the tribute organized by the U.S Navy’s Blue Angels, who are conducting a series of multi-city flyovers as part of its America Strong tour to salute doctors, nurses and other essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.