US Navy Blue Angels and US Air Force Thunderbird’s will fly over New York and other cities to salute first responders. The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbird’s, and the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with formation flights over New York City, Newark, Trenton and Philadelphia April 28.
The Thunderbird’s also flew over Las Vegas and Colorado to celebrate health care workers and essential workers there in early April. “Operation America Strong” pair the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbird’s in a coordinated flyover. The effort serves as a salute to healthcare workers and first responders on the frontlines of the pandemic.
“We incredibly honored to have the opportunity to salute those working on the frontline of the COVID-19 response, we are in awe of your strength and resilience,” Cmdr. Brian Kesselring, US Navy Blue Angels commanding officer and flight leader, said in a news release. “Thank you to all of those in essential industries keeping our nation moving forward. We will get through this. We are all in this together.”
The coordinated flyover will begin over Newark and New York City around noon and will last for 35 minutes before moving on to Trenton for 10 minutes and Philadelphia for 20 minutes. Residents are encouraged to watch the flyover from their yards or porches and to avoid gathering in groups. A detailed flight route will release on the day before the flyover.