Navy, Air Force Flyover Tribute Health care workers, first responders, and other essential employees were working on the front lines of the coronavirus fight. In New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania will be greeted with a booming “Thank You” early Tuesday afternoon.
The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds announced the jointly planned flight path as part of a display aimed at honoring healthcare workers on the frontlines of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The 40-minute flight over Newark and New York City will begin at noon by the George Washington Bridge.
The next 30-minute flight over Trenton and Philadelphia will start at 1:45 p.m at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. The flyover concludes around Wilmington around 2:15 p.m after speeding above Gloucester and Salem county communities along the Delaware River.
“Residents should observe the flyover from the safety of their home-quarantine and should refrain from traveling to see the flyover,” the Blue Angels said in the announcement. The two teams typically fly at more than 30 air shows each year to demonstrate American military aviation, but both have been forced to cancel many performances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said.
The flyovers are part of what the Trump administration is calling Operating America Strong. President Trump thanked the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds Thursday morning for the planned flyovers. When President Trump announced the flyover plan last week, he said the idea came from the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds crews as a way to support the medical workers.
“This is a tribute to them, to our warriors, because they’re equal warriors to those incredible pilots, all of the fighters that we have for the more traditional fights that we win,” Trump said at a White House briefing last week. The Air Force and Navy have partnered with local governments to make sure spectators follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention social distancing guidelines, officials said.