The US Navy Blue Angels and US Air Force Thunderbirds performed a very rare joint flyover above New York City, Trenton, Newark, and Philadelphia on April 28, 2020 to honor health care and essential workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
The US Navy Blue Angels and USAF Thunderbirds departed from NAS Pensacola in Florida and were refueled mid-flight by four KC-10 Extenders before returning back to Pensacola.
Flyovers will continue across the United States under the name Operation America Strong.
The Blue Angels aircraft consists of three F/A-18A Hornets (single seat), one F/A-18B Hornet (two seats), 10 F/A-18C Hornets (single seat), and two F/A-18D Hornets (two seats)
(Demonstrations use F/A-18C Hornets “1–6”; backup is F/A-18D Hornet “7”)
Generally, the Thunderbirds perform aerial demonstrations in the F-16C Fighting Falcon, and they also fly two F-16D twin-seat trainers.
Video and photos courtesy of:
Lt. Cmdr. Aaron Hicks – Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron
Chief Petty Officer Chad Pritt – Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron
Petty Officer 3rd Class Dan Serianni – Navy Public Affairs Support
Element East – (Active)
Staff Sgt. Sarah Brice – 621st Contingency Response Wing Public Affairs
Petty Officer 2nd Class Cody Hendrix – Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron
Staff Sgt. Cory Bush – Air Force Thunderbirds
Tech. Sgt. Ned T. Johnston – Air Force Thunderbirds
Airman 1st Class Briana Cespedes – Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Public Affairs
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