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World War II-era planes fly over Virginia hospital in tribute to health care workers

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Posted at 10:09 PM, May 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-03 22:34:03-04

GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. -- Two World War II-era planes performed a flyover above Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester as a tribute to health care workers Sunday.

Photos show doctors and nurses looking to the sky as the planes, piloted by Michael Kuhnert of Bay Aviation and Mo Meeker, soared above the 67-bed hospital.

Kuhnert was flying the only 1943 Coast Guard Fairchild J2-K2 plane still in operation and Meeker piloted a 1943 Fairchild PT-19, which the U.S. Army Air Corps. used for training during World War II.

"In this troubled time I felt it to be a good idea to show solidarity with the very people who care for the sick and put their lives on the line to do so," reads a post on Bay Aviation's Facebook page. "Please keep proper social distancing."

The display comes as the Air Force Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels fly over cities across the U.S. to honor first responders and medical teams.

Twenty-five cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Gloucester County as of Sunday, according to the Virginia Department of Health. That is up one case from the previous day's reporting.

An additional 940 COVID-19 cases were reported in Virginia Sunday out of the 6,615 tests processed since the previous day's update. That brings the Commonwealth's total cases to more than 18,600.

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