Blimp is flown over S. Florida to thank health work­ers

Miami Herald - - FRONT PAGE - BY CARLI TEPROFF cteproff@mi­ami­her­ald.com

With most live sport­ing events can­celed be­cause of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, the iconic Goodyear Blimp has been grounded for months.

But that changed on Fri­day.

The blue, white and yel­low Wing­foot Two air­craft — which is al­most as long as a foot­ball field — flew over South Florida hos­pi­tals to thank health­care work­ers for be­ing on the front line fight­ing the virus.

Fri­day’s flight path went over Cleve­land Clinic in We­ston; Mount Si­nai Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Mi­ami Beach; Memo­rial Re­gional in Hol­ly­wood; Broward Health Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Fort Laud­erdale; and Holy Cross Hos­pi­tal in Fort Laud­erdale

It will fly over other

South Florida hos­pi­tals on Satur­day be­fore pro­vid­ing cov­er­age over Jupiter for Sun­day’s Cham­pi­ons for Char­ity celebrity golf match, which is rais­ing money for COVID-19 char­i­ties. Tiger Woods, Phil Mick­el­son, Tom Brady and Pey­ton Man­ning will be play­ing.

“We’re in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for the on­go­ing work and sac­ri­fices of the COVID-19 es­sen­tial health­care per­son­nel,” said Jeff Capek, Goodyear’s chief pi­lot of Wing­foot Two, in an email.

“We wanted to mark Wing­foot Two’s first flight since Fe­bru­ary by pay­ing trib­ute to these brave he­roes with a heart­felt ‘thank you’ mes­sage and hope­fully pro­vide a small bright spot amid these un­prece­dented times.”

This is not the only sky­high trib­ute to front line work­ers.

On Satur­day, in honor of Memo­rial Day, there will be a “Salute Flight” as part of The Na­tional Salute to Amer­ica’s He­roes, pre­sented by Hyundai, along with the Homestead U.S. Air Force base and the U.S. Coast Guard Air Sta­tion Mi­ami.

Ear­lier this month, the Navy’s Blue An­gels also flew over South Florida to rec­og­nize front line work­ers.

HERE’S THE BLIMP’S SATUR­DAY SCHED­ULE

Over Broward Health North in Pom­pano Beach

Over Boca Ra­ton Re­gional Hos­pi­tal

Over Del­ray Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Del­ray Beach

Over Bethesda Hos­pi­tal East in Boyn­ton Beach

Over JFK Med­i­cal Cen­ter in

Palm Beach County

Over St. Mary’s Med­i­cal Cen­ter in West Palm Beach

SAM NAVARRO Spe­cial for the Mi­ami Her­ald

The Goodyear Blimp flies over Mount Si­nai Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Mi­ami Beach to honor front-line work­ers in South Florida on Fri­day. It also flew over Cleve­land Clinic in We­ston; Memo­rial Re­gional in Hol­ly­wood; Broward Health Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Fort Laud­erdale; and Holy Cross Hos­pi­tal in Fort Laud­erdale.

SAM NAVARRO Spe­cial for the Mi­ami Her­ald

Start­ing at 11:30 a.m. Satur­day, the Goodyear Blimp will fly over hos­pi­tals in Pom­pano Beach, Boca Ra­ton, Del­ray Beach, Boyn­ton Beach, Palm Beach County and West Palm Beach.

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