In a move to salute those risking themselves to save others during the coronavirus pandemic, the Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds will be flying over the Levittown area Tuesday afternoon.
They will begin their “America Strong” mission at 1:45 p.m. when they leave Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakenhurst. For about ten minutes, the aviators will fly over the Levittown, Trenton area.
Then, at around 1:55 p.m., they will head southwest toward Philadelphia to begin another series of flyovers. The mission will end at 2:15 p.m. near Wilmington, Delaware.
Its entire purpose is to commemorate COVID-19 responders and essential workers.
“We are truly excited to take to the skies with our Navy counterparts for a nation-wide tribute to the men and women keeping our communities safe,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Caldwell, Thunderbird 1 and mission commander for the flyover. “We hope to give Americans a touching display of American resolve that honors those serving on the frontline of our fight with COVID-19.”
The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds are famous for their captivating aerial displays. These teams will include 6 F-16C/D Fighting Falcon and 6 F/A-18C/D Hornet planes.
Another part of the “America Strong” mission will begin at noon for New York and northern New Jersey.
The Thunderbirds encourage spectators to watch from the safety of their own homes. They advise people to maintain social distancing. This includes not traveling to landmarks, hospitals, or gathering in large groups.
People who want to post on social media about the event can use the #AmericaStrong hashtag.