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VIDEO: Commemorative Air Force flies over Valley skies Friday

Posted at 1:35 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 15:07:45-04

MESA, AZ — A week after military jets zoomed over the Valley to honor health care workers, our skies saw another treat.

On Friday morning, the Commemorative Air Force conducted a flyover across parts of both the East and West Valley. Watch full coverage from the event in the player below.

The flyover marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day, celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies in World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces on May 8, 1945.

Friday's event was also held as a salute to the enduring strength of Arizonans throughout history, including the community spirit while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, according to CAF Airbase Arizona.

The formation of three large aircraft launched from Falcon Field in Mesa around 8 a.m.

Included in the flyover were a B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell Bomber and C-47 Skytrain, all of which flew service in World War II and have strong wartime connections to Arizona.

The entire route took about an hour.

This was the second Friday in a row that health care workers were celebrated with a flyover in the Valley, following last week's flyover led by pilots from Luke Air Force Base and the Arizona Air National Guard.