Pentagon planning Blue Angels, Thunderbirds flyovers to thank first responders, essential workers

by Jordyn Pair · Apr 23rd, 2020 8:34 am

The Pentagon is planning flyovers by the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds in multiple U.S. cities next week as a way to "champion national unity" and thank essential workers and medical personnel.

The mission, named Operation America Strong, will be a "thank you" to first responders, essential personnel, and military service members, The Washington Post reported, citing a memo about the plan.

"This is just a sincere thank-you," a senior military official told the Post. "It's one way to acknowledge those who are pitching in."

The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds will fly together over Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. They will also fly over Newark and Trenton, New Jersey, as well as Dallas, Houston, and Austin, Texas. They will fly separately over other cities.

The official said the airshow will not feature stunts or take place over areas where people can congregate. They also said that the cost of the flights will come from money already in the Pentagon's budget.


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