Blue Angels, Thunderbirds soar in ‘America Strong’ tribute

Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds teams conduct a flyover New York City to honor medical workers on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Credit: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office

On Tuesday, US Navy Blue Angels and US Air Force Thunderbirds demonstratiom teams conducted a flyover New York City to honor medical workers, first responders and other essential workers who are battling the coronavirus pandemic. Dubbed “America Strong,” the planes from the two demonstration squadrons flew in formation over New York and Newark beginning at noon. The formation later flew over the Trenton, New Jersey, and Philadelphia areas.

Credit: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office.

“We are 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,” said Navy Cmdr. Brian Kesselring, U.S. Navy Blue Angels commanding officer and flight leader. “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 Blue Angels and Thunderbirds crossed the Long Island Sound and made their way in the skies over Stamford, before heading back into New York for a pass over The Bronx and back down along the East River.

The America Strong multi-city flyover lifted the spirits of those cities’ frontline workers and the residents and business owners living under stay-at-home orders during the pandemic.

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