ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Local formation aircraft team Chile Flight performed an aerial salute over Albuquerque Monday morning in honor of local medical professionals, first responders, and all essential workers on the front lines.
The aerial show made its way down Central Avenue from Nob Hill to Downtown and on into the West Central corridor, in a multi-ship, single engine propeller aircraft formation with trailing smoke, organizers said in a news release.
“These individuals have worked tirelessly to keep us safe and to keep essential services running during this difficult, unprecedented time,” said Guy Jones, pilot with Chile Flight, said in a statement. “This is an opportunity for us to do what we love while showing support for our community.”
This group is made up of eight pilots who volunteer time and aircraft — including donated fuel — to support community events, including Balloon Fiesta qne Isotopes games.
“The spirit of One Albuquerque has been on display throughout the coronavirus pandemic,” said Mayor Tim Keller in a statement. “These private individuals giving their time and resources to this salute is a testament to the community of kindness that makes Burqueños so special.”