Thunderbirds' Austin hospital flyover delayed to 3:40 p.m. May 13 due to weather

(Courtesy U.S. Air Force)
(Courtesy U.S. Air Force)

(Courtesy U.S. Air Force)

Note: This story has been updated to reflect the new, later start time of the May 13 flyover.

The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron—more commonly known as the Thunderbirds—flyover of Austin-area hospitals on May 13 has been delayed one hour due to weather.

The flyover will now begin at 3:40 p.m. and last approximately 35 minutes, according to the Thunderbirds' Twitter account.

According to a U.S. Air Force news release, a formation of 6 F-16C/D Fighting Falcons will approach the area from the north, flying over Leander and Cedar Park. After circling around several cities and parts of Austin, the Thunderbirds will then end their flyover approximately 35 minutes later at San Marcos.

The Austin flyover will be preceded by a San Antonio flyover at 2:30 p.m. that will arrive around 2:55 p.m. in New Braunfels.

The release asked spectators to obey social-distancing recommendations.

“Residents in these areas will be able to see the flyover from the safety of their home-quarantine and should maintain all social distancing guidelines during this event,” the release said. “They should also refrain from traveling to landmarks, hospitals and gathering in large groups.”

The Thunderbirds have been conducting flyovers of area hospitals to salute health care workers, first responders and other essential personnel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Thunderbirds team was formed in 1953 to “recruit, retain and inspire past, present and future Airmen,” according to the U.S. Air Force.
By Brian Perdue
Brian Perdue is the editor of the Lake Travis-Westlake and Northwest Austin editions of Community Impact Newspaper. A native of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, he has been a journalist since 1992, living and working in Virginia, Washington D.C., Hawaii's Big Island, Southern California and Florida before moving to Austin in 2019.


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