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Look up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s — both!

The Washington Post reports the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels demonstration teams are planning a couple of dozen flyovers over US cities to honor the country’s essential workers.

But, of course, there’s some potential controversy.

The mission — dubbed Operation America Strong — will feature ten flyovers involving both squads.

The Pensacola, Florida-based Blue Angels will also assume flyovers in the eastern US. The Thunderbirds — hailing from Las Vegas — will handle the western region.

Chicago, IL, USA - August 16, 2014: A view of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels in flight formation at the 2014 Chicago Air and Water Show.
(©iStock.com/MichaelHeimlich)

Blue Angeles and Thunderbird Flyover Cities

Dates for the flyovers haven’t yet been announced. But according to a memo obtained by the Post, here are the cities involved:

  • Atlanta (Blue Angels and Thunderbirds)
  • Austin (Blue Angels and Thunderbirds)
  • Baltimore (Blue Angels and Thunderbirds)
  • Dallas (Blue Angels and Thunderbirds)
  • Detroit (Blue Angels only)
  • Chicago (Blue Angels only)
  • Corpus Christi (Blue Angels only)
  • Houston (Blue Angels and Thunderbirds)
  • Indianapolis (Blue Angels only)
  • Jacksonville, FL (Blue Angels only)
  • Kingsville, TX (Blue Angels only)
  • Los Angeles (Thunderbirds only)
  • Miami (Blue Angels only)
  • New Orleans (Blue Angels only)
  • New York (Blue Angels and Thunderbirds)
  • Nashville (Blue Angels only)
  • Newark (Blue Angels and Thunderbirds)
  • Norfolk (Blue Angels only)
  • Oklahoma City (Thunderbirds only)
  • Philadelphia (Blue Angels and Thunderbirds)
  • Phoenix (Thunderbirds only)
  • Portland, OR (Thunderbirds only)
  • San Antonio (Thunderbirds only)
  • San Diego (Thunderbirds only)
  • San Francisco (Thunderbirds only)
  • Seattle (Thunderbirds only)
  • Tallahassee (Blue Angels only)
  • Tampa (Blue Angels only)
  • Trenton (Blue Angels and Thunderbirds)
  • Virginia Beach (Blue Angels only)
  • Washington, D.C. (Blue Angels and Thunderbirds)

The Thunderbirds performed a couple of essential worker salute flyovers in the past few weeks.

One over their hometown of Las Vegas —

–and the other above Boulder and Denver.

They also were spotted practicing together earlier this week.

 

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So Who’s Paying for All This?!

Aaaand that’s where all this gets potentially sticky.

The Thunderbirds and Blue Angels are funded through the Pentagon’s budget. Which is funded by taxpayers.

The Washington Post says, “Flying the squadrons cost at least $60,000 per hour.”

Gulp.

I understand the conflict. Small businesses, families, and others desperately need funding — and the military is dispatching its squadrons for flyovers.

On the same token, the flyovers and related costs are purportedly coming out of their already-allocated budgets intended for summer airshows.

And, of course, there are folks who say demonstrations are “truly terrifying aerial (bombardments)” that “guzzle phenomenal amounts of fossil fuels and taxpayer dollars.”

I imagine they won’t be too happy.

Final Approach

Personally, I’m excited to see the Thunderbirds fly over Los Angeles — and thrilled for others who get to see one of the flying teams. (And especially jealous of those who get to enjoy both! 🙂 )

As an aviation enthusiast, I’ve figuratively and literally looked up to the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds since I was a child. I get goosebumps every time I see (and hear) them — even on YouTube.

Watching the teams honor essential workers is truly something special.

— Chris

H/T: WGN

Featured image: ©iStock.com/rypson

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5 Comments

  1. JB SanDiego Reply

    I am with you all the way Chris! I am on the same boat and ever since I first saw (as a teenager) 2 jets fly over at low altitude while fishing on the California aqueduct near Palm Springs, I always get a thrill watching them. It is beyond an amazing feeling that you get, to say the least! I have been to many air shows in San Diego and enjoy every bit of it.

      • I’m for it, I have seen the thunderbirds in 2007, cannot wait to see them again in San Diego and Huntington Beach airshow.

  2. Yeah, they flew over my house Tuesday but I’m so accustomed to the Blues flying over (love them but was busy) I didn’t go outside. Drat!

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