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NEWS | July 2, 2023

Colorado Air National Guard performs F-16 flyovers to celebrate our nation’s independence

By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs

FOR RELEASE: Sunday, July 2, 2023

CONTACT: Colorado National Guard Public Affairs, 720-250- 1053, ng.co.coarng.list.militarysupport@army.mil or Colorado Air National Guard Public Affairs 720-847-9435, 140wg.pa.org@us.af.mil

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Colorado Air National Guard F-16C Vipers will fly over Colorado communities to honor our nation’s independence July 4, 2023.

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. 

“Our nation’s independence is again celebrated by the triumphant ‘sound of freedom’ from the mighty F-16 Viper,” 140th Wing Commander U.S. Air Force Col. Jeremiah “Weed” Tucker said. “These flyovers are symbolic of the ever-vigilant defense provided by the Colorado Air National Guard. We’re reminded of this as our aircraft thunder through the skies of Colorado as watchful guardians and defenders of state and nation. We honor the sacrifices of those valiant warriors who have fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy on this and every day.”

The 140th Wing will launch the jets from Buckley Space Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, around 10:00 a.m. and fly until 12:30 p.m.

The aircraft will perform flyovers of observances in:

-Monument

-Crested Butte

-Lake City

-Telluride

-Silverton/Ouray

-Vail

-Granby

-Grand Lake

-Wellington

-Greeley

-Firestone

-Denver Metro Area

Flyovers could be canceled 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. Flyover times are coordinated with event staff and are conducted at no additional cost to the taxpayer. They serve as training for our pilots.

The Colorado National Guard is celebrating 100 years of military aviation in Colorado this year.

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