Photos: Lawrence watches flyover to thank health care workers, first responders

photo by: Chad Lawhorn/Journal-World photo

Pilots from a pair of Kansas City aviation clubs conducted a flyover above Lawrence Memorial Hospital and fire stations across the city on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. In total, 19 airplanes participated in the event, which was billed as a thank you to health care workers and first responders.

From workers on top of a roof to a 13-year-old with a big sign for his favorite nurse at LMH Health — his mom — Lawrence took a moment on Tuesday to stop and watch a flyover that was designed to thank health care workers and first responders during the coronavirus pandemic. A total of 19 planes from two Kansas-City-based aviation clubs, BeechNutz and KC Flight, flew over Lawrence’s hospital and fire stations a little before 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Here are some scenes from the event.

photo by: Chad Lawhorn/Journal-World photo

Hunter Coffman, 13, was among those who gathered at Lawrence Memorial Hospital to watch the flyover on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Coffman was holding a sign in the back of a pickup to thank his mom, who is a nurse at the hospital.

photo by: Chad Lawhorn/Journal-World photo

A pair of pilots survey the apron area of the Lawrence Municipal Airport prior to Tuesday’s flyover. Aviators from the Beechnutz and KC Fly clubs put together the flyover. The event was an encore to a flyover the clubs had earlier this month in Kansas City to thank health care workers and first responders. Tuesday’s schedule also included a flyover in Topeka and a special flyover in Kansas City as part of a virtual memorial for a Kansas City, Mo. EMT that died due to COVID-19.

photo by: Chad Lawhorn/Journal-World photo

A few of the planes, which were a mix of small, Beechcraft passenger planes and even smaller specialty planes, spewed a stream of smoke during the flyover.

photo by: Chad Lawhorn/Journal-World photo

Several health care workers took a break from their shifts at LMH Health to come outside and see the flyover on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. A couple even managed to find their way to the roof of the hospital, in the background.

photo by: Chad Lawhorn/Journal-World photo

Area residents lined up in the parking lot and the streets near LMH to watch the flyover on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

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