There was excitement on the ground at Unity Hospital as "Operation Thanks From Above" passed by overhead Saturday. The gesture in the sky was a way to say "thanks" to the first responders and front-liners.
"It's just fun to see these old planes that have been restored and out still flying, because there aren't too many more of them left," said David Striks, a Greece resident.
What You Need To Know
- Two vintage aircraft, a Douglas C-47 and P-51 Mustang, took to the skies on Saturday.
- The planes flew above Unity Hospital in support of frontline workers.
- Dozens witnessed the flight from the hospital parking lot.
The National Warplane Museum of Geneseo hosted the flyover event with two vintage aircraft. The mission was to fly over key hospitals to say thank you to those on the front lines.
"We watch the news all the time, but I can't imagine what they must be going through day by day and minute by minute and actually with very little downtime, so it's important to recognize them," said Lynne Perry, a Hamlin resident.
In the Unity Hospital parking lot, dozens came out to see the Douglas C-47 known as "Whiskey 7" and the P-51 Mustang named "Mad Max." While the planes were running slightly behind schedule, the Driscoll family says it was well worth the wait.
"And the planes are going to be something we never usually see, and we were kind of just excited. Something to do on a Saturday morning, since we've been stuck in the house," said Danielle Driscoll, a Greece resident.
Some hospital workers took a break from their busy schedules to see the aircraft. They say they are forever thankful for the recognition from the public.
"It's very heartwarming and touching to see all these individuals coming up from the community say thank you for the work that we do every day," said Rachel Petrie, a registered nurse.