Blue Angels “America Strong” Chicagoland flyover as viewed from an F/A 18 Hornet cockpit and Rosemont, Illinois near O’Hare International Airport on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.
The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with formation flights over Detroit, Chicago and Indianapolis, May 12, 2020.
Crew members in formation of six F/A-18 C/D Hornet aircraft conducted the flyover as a collaborative salute to healthcare workers, first responders and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There was an interesting contrast of light in the partly cloudy skies that caused the Blue Angels F/A 18s to have an appearance that alternated in bright sunshine and the shadows of clouds.
“America Strong is about showing how much we, as a nation, count on our front line responders and that we have their back just like they have had ours,” said Cmdr. Brian Kesselring, U.S. Navy Blue Angels commanding officer and flight leader for the flyover. “They have always been there for us all, holding our nation together, even more so during this pandemic. It is really impactful to see this nation come together and stand in solidarity during these unprecedented times.”
— Cmdr. Brian Kesserlring, US Navy Blue Angels Commanding Officer and Flight Leader
Flyovers in Detroit started at 11:30 a.m. (ET) and last about 21 minutes.
Flyovers in Chicago started at 11:45 a.m. (CDT) and lasted about 15 minutes.
Flyovers in Indianapolis started at 2:00 p.m. (ET) and lasted about 11 minutes.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration team put on a show for workers on the frontline of the pandemic Tuesday, soaring across the skies of Chicago to thank them for the difficult work they do on a daily basis (WGN News).
Eyes across the Chicago area turned to the sky midday on Tuesday, as seven Blue Angels jets roared overhead in a patriotic salute to healthcare workers, first responders, essential workers, and COVID-19 patients (CBS Chicago).
NEXT FLYOVERS IN TENNESSEE AND ARKANSAS
The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will honor more frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with formation flights over Tennessee and Arkansas, May 14, 2020.
Residents along the flight path can expect a few moments of jet noise as the aircraft pass overhead, along with the sight of six high-performance aircraft flying in precise formation.
Flyovers in Nashville, Tennessee will start at 12:00 p.m. (CDT) and last roughly 17 minutes.
Flyovers in Little Rock, Arkansas will start at 1:45 p.m. (CDT) and last roughly five minutes.
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