Blue Angels, Thunderbirds, and more - Operation America Strong Flyovers

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Re: Blue Angels and Thunderbirds - Operation America Strong Flyovers

Post by RyanS » Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:53 pm

Video of TWO BUFFs in Louisiana yesterday, sent in by Kevin Rigsby

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Post by RyanS » Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:46 pm

Bakersfield, CA can look forward to some warbird flyovers on Thursday

https://calaero.edu/fly-over/
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Post by RyanS » Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:02 pm

The first joint team flyover with the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds will be on April 28th and cover New York City, New Jersey, and Philadelphia! More details:
NAS PENSACOLA, Fla. – The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, and the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with formation flights over New York City, Newark, Trenton and Philadelphia April 28.

“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.”

A formation of 6 F-16C/D Fighting Falcon and 6 F/A-18C/D Hornet aircraft will conduct these flyovers as a collaborative salute to healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are incredibly honored to have the opportunity to salute those working on the frontline of the COVID-19 response, we are in awe of your strength and resilience,” said Cmdr. Brian Kesselring, U.S. Navy Blue Angels commanding officer and flight leader. “Thank you to all of those in essential industries keeping our nation moving forward. We will get through this. We are all in this together.”

This mission, the first of several planned over the coming weeks, is the culmination of more than a month of planning and coordination between the two teams and numerous city and government offices.

Residents along the flight path can expect a few seconds of jet noise as the aircraft pass overhead, along with the sight of 12 high-performance aircraft flying close in precise formation.

Flyovers in Newark, New York City and surrounding boroughs will start at noon (EST) and last approximately 35 minutes.

Flyovers in Trenton will start at 1:45 p.m. (EST) and last approximately 10 minutes.

Flyovers in Philadelphia will start at 2 p.m. (EST) and last approximately 20 minutes.

Residents in these areas will be able to see the flyover from the safety of their home-quarantine and should maintain all social distancing guidelines during this event. They should also refrain from traveling to landmarks, hospitals and gathering in large groups to view the flyover. A detailed flight route will be released on the day prior to the flyover.

The teams welcome and encourage viewers to tag the flyover on social media with the hashtag #AmericaStrong.
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Post by RyanS » Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:05 pm

Here's the detailed flight plan for tomorrow's Blue Angel and Thunderbird flyovers of New York City, Newark, Trenton, and Philadelphia!
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Post by Rett73 » Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:03 pm

Anyone know departure time from Pensacola to the NE for Tuesday flyovers?
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:05 pm

Check out this awesome video of the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds training together ahead of Operation America Strong!

Video courtesy of Thunderbird 2, Major Trevor Aldridge.

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Post by RyanS » Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:15 pm

Northern Nevada will be getting C-130 flyvoers tomorrow from the NV ANG!

https://www.kolotv.com/content/news/Nev ... mbF4I3NofY
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Post by RyanS » Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:18 pm

Here's the map for Whiteman's flyovers of Kansas City
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Post by RyanS » Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:22 pm

And some details for Gulfport and Biloxi!
Hey Gulf Coast! Heads ups! The 403d Wing, Air Force Reserve will be flying over the following locations tomorrow, 28 April.

6:10 p.m. - Garden Park Medical
6:20 p.m. - Gulfport Memorial Hospital
6:30 p.m. - Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System
6:35 p.m. - Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center
6:40 p.m. - Merit Health in Biloxi
6:45 p.m. - Ocean Springs Hospital

The flyovers are a tribute to all healthcare, first responders, and essential personnel battling the spread of #COVID19
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