Thunderbirds, Blue Angels salute Atlanta healthcare workers, first responders with flyover

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by Eden Nastal

As part of Operation America Strong, residents of Metro Atlanta enjoyed a flyover today by the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, and the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds.

A formation of 6 F-16C/D Fighting Falcon and 6 F/A-18C/D Hornet aircraft conducted
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.

 

Today’s collaborative salute is the second of several planned over the coming weeks and is the culmination of more than a month of planning and coordination between the two teams and numerous city and government offices.

The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers at Marietta’s Kennestone Hospital. (Photo by Brad Barnett)

The flight path included WellStar Kennestone Hospital, Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta VA Hospital, Northside Hospital/Children’s at Scottish Rite, Grady Memorial Hospital/Children’s at Hughes Spalding, Atlanta Medical Center, Emory University Hospital/Children’s at Egleston, Piedmont Fayette Hospital and Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

Flyovers also took place in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Virginia today, prior to wrapping up in Atlanta.

The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” fly over Atlanta, Ga., May 2, 2020. The flyover was part of America Strong; a collaborative salute from the Air Force and Navy to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ned T. Johnston)

Viewers are encouraged to tag the demonstration teams at @AFThunderbirds and @BlueAngels the flyover on social media with the hashtags #AmericaStrong and #Inthistogether 

 

 

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