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Air Force Thunderbirds Release Colorado Flyover Flight Plan For Saturday

DENVER (CBS4) - A team of F-16 Air Force Thunderbirds will fly over Colorado Saturday as a salute to health care workers, first responders and other essential personnel on the front line against the coronavirus pandemic. The flight path starts at 12:50 p.m. in Greeley and winds south to Pueblo over what is estimated to be a one-hour flight.

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A formation of eight F-16 Fighting Falcons will fly through Windsor, Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, Boulder, the Denver metropolitan area, Denver International Airport, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Fort Carson, and Pueblo. The flyovers will happen after the Thunderbirds perform at the Air Force Academy Graduation on Saturday.

Cadets caps and Air Force Thunderbirds are seen during a graduation ceremony at the US Air Force Academy's Falcon Stadium June 2, 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. US President Barack Obama gave the commencement speech at the academy. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The graduation is set for 11 a.m., and will feature an in-person commencement address from Vice President Mike Pence. Cadets will march and sit eight feet from each other to abide by social distancing guidelines.

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No spectators, including family, will be allowed at this year's ceremony, which is six weeks ahead of schedule. It will only last about 30 to 40 minutes and the ceremony will take place in the Terrazo instead of the stadium. The Terrazo is a pavilion area on campus near the chapel. Cadets will march 8 feet apart and sit 8 feet apart and won't march up to get their diplomas. The Class of 2020 will be the first to graduate cadets in to the newly-minted United States Space Force. Saturday's graduation will also be the first April graduation in Academy history.

The ceremony will be live streamed beginning at 11 a.m. on Facebook and on YouTube.

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