Aerial Tribute

Aircraft fly in synchronized formation over Oxnard. Photo courtesy of Dignity Healt

St. John’s Regional Medical Center

On the morning of Saturday, April 25, staff at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard got a high-flying surprise: four airplanes soaring overhead in synchronized formation. The flyover was organized as a way of showing appreciation to the doctors, nurses and other hospital staff caring for patients, including those suffering from complications related to COVID-19. A few of the pilots are military veterans who had once served on the frontlines; their participation was a show of solidarity with and appreciation for healthcare workers serving as a critical line of defense against the pandemic.

“This is our way of thanking the care team at St. John’s and all health care workers for all that they are doing to care for the community,” said Michael Malaco, pilot and lead organizer of the flyover. “We thought, what better way to show our appreciation than with an aerial tribute.”