The fireworks won’t be the only thing lighting up the Cookeville sky Saturday night.
The Tennessee Air National Guard of Knoxville will fly a KC-135 Stratotanker across the center of town.
“If you’ve ever seen on a movie, these very large aircraft that has almost looks like a tail hanging off the back, that’s where they refuel jets in flight,” Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton said. “It’s one of the largest aircraft in the entire fleet.”
The aircraft is from the 134th refueling wing at Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport. Shelton said it’s one of the largest aircraft in the military.
Weather permitting, the flyover takes place at 7:45pm Saturday. The flyover route goes almost center through the middle of town from Interstate Drive, across Jackson Street to Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Shelton said anyone parked along Jefferson Avenue and Willow Avenue or at the fairgrounds will see the flyover clearly.
The flyover ends at CRMC to honor the medical team for its work.
“This is a big deal for us and we are so appreciative,” Shelton said.
Fireworks begin Saturday night at 9pm.