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Bandit Flight Team to honor health care workers across the Sandhills

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PINEHURST — The Bandit Flight Team, a North Carolina-based group of formation pilots, will perform a flyover of multiple towns in Moore, Richmond, Hoke and Lee counties on Saturday, May 16 to honor area healthcare and emergency services workers.

The flyover will start over the Sanford area at 11:45 a.m., then proceed to Pinehurst, Rockingham and conclude over Raeford. The tribute flight was organized by the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the organizers of the annual Festival D’Avion.

“Like the many tribute flights we have seen across the country and in North Carolina, we wanted to do something similar for healthcare and emergency services workers, and everyone else on the front lines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Phil Werz, president and CEO of the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen CVB. “If people go outside to see the flyover, we simply ask people have fun, take pictures and videos, but do so while social distancing. ”

In Pinehurst, the flyover will start in Sanford as the formation passes over Central Carolina Hospital at 11:45 a.m. From there, the Bandit Flight Team arrives over First Health Moore Regional Pinehurst at 12 p.m., then over the Pinehurst Town Hall, and the police and fire departments before proceeding over the Carolina Hotel at Pinehurst Resort and Pinehurst Country Club. The formation concludes the flyovers over First Health Regional Health facilities in Richmond County (Rockingham) and Hoke County (Raeford).

Here are the approximate flyover times:

11:45 a.m.: Central Carolina Hospital, Sanford

12 p.m.: First Health Moore Regional, Pinehurst

12:01 p.m.: Pinehurst Police and Fire Departments/Pinehurst Resort

12:12 p.m.: First Health Moore Regional Hospital, Rockingham

12:30 p.m.: First Health Moore Regional Hospital, Hoke County 

The Bandit Flight team flies vintage aircraft to preserve the military Warbird heritage, and as an opportunity to salute our returning war veterans. Typically, a maximum of six planes fly in demonstration formations. 

The Festival D’Avion is owned and operated by Peter Stilwell with Tarheel Communications Solutions and Dave Droschak with Droschak Communications. The Festival D’Avion Air Show was postponed in April and has been rescheduled for Oct. 2-3, 2020 and will be held at the Moore County Airport.

For more information about the Bandit Flight team, visit www.BanditFlightTeam.com. For more information about the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen CVB, go to www.HomeofGolf.com.