WATCH: Blue Angels & Thunderbirds Give Flyby Tribute To NYC Coronavirus Responders

Written by Wes Walker on April 28, 2020

What better way to show gratitude to folks who have literally been keeping the city alive than to get a tribute emblazoned above the New York skyline.

When social distancing rules mean you can’t bring a crowd together to thank them, these guys can still deliver a thank-you across the whole city itself.

For full disclosure, this writer has to admit — as an Air Force brat, watching this display really stirs the blood.

Senior military officials came up with a creative way to show appreciation to the health care workers and others who have been holding our nation’s worst-hit cities together through difficult and (for some) dangerous times.

The Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds are doing joint flyovers in cities across the nation. This time, they’re flying over the Big Apple itself.

The Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds are due to fly over multiple cities across the country both together and separately as part of a show of support for the health care workers fighting novel coronavirus (COVID-19), President Donald Trump announced Wednesday night.

Operation America Strong, Trump said, would involve “air shows” over a range of cities that would serve as “a signal to all Americans to remain vigilant during the outbreak.”

Senior defense officials told the Washington Post that there would be no formal “airshows,” as Trump described them; instead, there would simply be flyovers, and the pilots will avoid flying over areas where people can congregate.

According to the Post, the mission was conceived by senior military officers in the Pentagon as a nonpartisan show of resolve.

“This is just a sincere thank-you,” one official said. “It’s one way to acknowledge those who are pitching in.” — Task&Purpose