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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Air Force to salute health care workers, others

Published: Tue, April 28, 2020 1:04 AM Updated: Tue, April 28, 2020 1:19 AM

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Air Force to salute health care workers, others

A fleet of U.S. Air Force aircraft will fly over Oklahoma City on Friday as a salute to health care workers and others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will have formation flying by four C-17 Globemaster IIIs, two KC-135 Stratotankers and two KC-46 Pegasus aircraft from Altus Air Force Base.

A group from Vance Air Force Base in Enid will include four T-38 Talons, two T-1 Jayhawks and four T-6 Texan IIs.

Along with health care workers, the two training wings want to honor first responders, transportation drivers, grocery workers and other essential personnel.

"It’s an honor to fly for our Oklahomans at the forefront of COVID-19 mitigation efforts," said Col. Matthew Leard, commander of the 97th Air Mobility Wing in Altus. "Our exceptional mobility Airmen have continued to train and this salute is the least we can do to show our appreciation for the workers committed to their missions so that we may continue with ours."

Aircraft will fly over the locations in 5 minute, separated time blocks. Oklahoma residents will be able to see the flyover from their homes between 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

Viewers are encouraged to practice safe social distancing and to refrain from gathering in large groups to view the flyover.

The flyover routes begin north of the metro and will pass over hospitals in Edmond, Oklahoma City, Moore and Norman.

Lawyers to provide free legal advice

Oklahoma lawyers will provide free legal advice for five days beginning Thursday, a service sponsored by the Oklahoma Bar Association in recognition of Law Day.

About 100 lawyers will answer legal questions via email, a service the Oklahoma City-based bar association has offered for more than four decades.

Oklahomans can send their legal questions to AskALawyer@okbar.org.

Typically, the association supplements online legal advice with a toll-free phone number staffed by volunteer attorneys at two phone banks, bar association President Susan Shields said in a new release.

"Coronavirus safety precautions eliminated the phone banks this year, but with volunteers able to respond to email remotely, we are pleased to be able to continue to offer this community service to Oklahomans in need, Shields said.

Additionally, the Ask a Lawyer television program will air across the state on at 7 p.m. Thursday on OETA. The show will share information about legal issues in easy-to-understand language and feature segments on military/veterans issues, medical marijuana and legal clinics at the University of Tulsa College of Law. Details about free programs for Oklahomans to get legal advice throughout the year will also be included.

More information about Law Day is available on the OBA website at

ABLE extends emergency authorizations

The Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission has extended temporary emergency authorizations granted to various alcoholic beverage licensees in response to COVID-19 through May 15. The authorizations apply to restaurant, brewer, winery and liquor store licensees and cover options for online, delivery and curbside sales of alcohol and food.

Guidelines extended through May 15 include:

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• Liquor stores may deliver alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine and spirits, to consumers age 21 and over.

• Small brewers and small-farm wineries may deliver alcoholic beverages they produced in sealed original containers to consumers age 21 and over.

• Restaurants, bars and clubs with alcoholic beverage licenses may deliver original sealed packages of only beer, including growlers, and wine to consumers age 21 and over.

Third party vendors, such as DoorDash and UberEats, are not authorized to make alcohol deliveries, and online payments are currently restricted. For more information about the orders, or to see the full guidance, visit

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This image provided by the U.S. Air Force shows C-17 Globemasters in formation during a 2006 exercise. Several military aircraft will fly over Oklahoma City-area hospitals on Friday. [SHANE A. CUOMO/U.S. AIR FORCE]

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