Thunderbirds, Blue Angels Fly Over NYC, Newark in Salute to Frontline Workers

"Operation America Strong" recognizes the sacrifice of all frontline workers

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If you were in New York City and Newark Tuesday around noon and you looked up at the sky you were in for a special treat.

The Thunderbirds and Blue Angels flew in formation over New York City and Newark this Tuesday.

"Operation America Strong" paired the US Navy's Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds in a coordinated flyover. The effort served as a salute to healthcare workers and first responders on the frontlines of the pandemic.

On Tuesday, the birds set off over Newark and New York City at 12 p.m., making their way on to Trenton and Philadelphia after that. The display is expected to last approximately 35 minutes.

Local residents were encouraged to watch the display in a manner that was safe and following social distancing guidelines. The military branches are discouraging watchers from gathering at public spaces or landmarks to observe the spectacle.

The Thunderbirds have orchestrated similar salutes over Denver, Los Angeles and other cities.

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