“Hearts Over Central Arkansas” Flyover planned in honor of local healthcare professionals

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) – Led by Gerald Loyd, the Bulldog Flight Formation Team will fill central Arkansas’s skies with giant hearts Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 3-4 PM in honor of local healthcare professionals and first responders. May 6 is National Nurses Day.

“Our flight is in recognition of all medical professionals and first responders — especially nurses,” said Gerald Loyd, Bulldog formation spokesperson. “It’s our way of spreading a little love and encouraging them not to lose heart,” he added.

Flight schedule is as follows:

  • Take-Off: 3:00 pm, North Little Rock Airport
  • Heart #1: 3:20 pm, Little Rock/I-630 Midtown
  • Heart #2: 3:30 pm, Maumelle
  • Heart #3: 3:40 pm, North Little Rock/Sherwood

The Bulldog team will be in a 10-ship (plane) formation, climbing to 7,000 feet. Two teams of five will begin at the apex of the heart in a diamond with a stinger formation. Alpha team will break left and the Bravo team will break right, fanning out to form a heart. Each heart will be approximately three miles wide, and easily seen from 10 miles in any direction.

Flight team members and call signs are as follows:

Alpha Team

1. “Bulldog” Gerald Loyd (LEAD)

2. “Digger” Randal Warren

3. “Driller” Andy Kitchens

4. “Homie” Jerry Homsley

5. “Razor” Duane Carol

Bravo Team

1. “Vader” Tommy Palmer (LEAD)

2. “Voodoo” Bill Canino

3. “Smokey” Marvin Homsley

4. “Slatts” Bill Schlatterer

5. “Tater” David Bray

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