.Santa Cruz in Photos: Fighter Jets Salute Health Care Workers

Four F-15C Eagle fighter jets soared above Dominican Hospital recently during a flyover tribute to health care workers, first responders and others on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

The California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing out of Fresno flew over medical facilities in the San Joaquin Valley, Sacramento, the Bay Area, Santa Cruz and Watsonville, before heading to Southern California and the Central Valley and then looping back to Fresno.

At Dominican, numerous employees lined the entranceway wearing masks and hospital attire to watch the aerial display, which lasted about 30 seconds.

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Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.
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