NEWS | July 1, 2022

Colorado National Guard flyovers honor our nation’s independence

By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs

FOR RELEASE: July 1, 2022

CONTACT: Colorado National Guard Public Affairs, 720-250-1053, or Colorado Air National Guard Public Affairs 720-847-9435,

Colorado National Guard flyovers honor our nation’s independence

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Colorado Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcons will fly over Colorado communities to honor our nation’s independence July 4, 2022.

Flyovers are a tradition during patriotic holiday observances that show dedication and support to community, state and nation as well as showcase the air power of the U.S. Air Force.  

“The Colorado Air National Guard has a long-standing tradition of supporting our community and nation. During this Independence Day, we want to join our fellow Coloradoans in their celebrations where possible to honor those great warriors who have sacrificed so much for our state and nation,” 140th Wing Commander, U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Southard said. “This 4th of July is about our independence, and how our independence was achieved. That’s who we want to honor.

“We take great pride in protecting our nation during conflict and helping those in our state during times of need. Adding the ‘sound of freedom’ from our F-16s to spark a little excitement for the crowds is an honor we are glad to extend to the people of Colorado,” Southard said.


The 140th Wing will launch the jets from Buckley Space Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, around 10:30 a.m.

The aircraft will perform flyovers of events in:

- Telluride, Colorado, 11:00 a.m.

- Silverton, Colorado, 11:10 a.m.

- Redstone, Colorado, 11:20 a.m.

- Grandby, Colorado, 11:30 a.m.

Flyover times are estimates and could also be cancelled due to weather.

Event coordinators from these locations receiving flyovers requested support from the U.S. Air Force’s Aerial Events Office in Washington, D.C.

Flyovers are conducted at no additional cost to the taxpayer and serve as training for our pilots.