Blue Angels will salute Detroit’s essential personnel on Wednesday


DETROIT, Mich. (WLNS) – The Blue Angels are expected to fly over Detroit on Wednesday as a tribute to those on the front lines in fighting COVID-19.

The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is part of America Strong which recognizes healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential personnel as well as standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re excited to fly over cities across America as our way of saying thanks to the healthcare workers, first responders, and all the people who selflessly run into the breach working to keep America strong,” said Adm. Michael Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations. “This is also our way of showing that we are all in this together and that America’s spirit will prevail.”

The team wants to remind spectators to follow social distancing guidelines. The Blue Angels will themselves take precautions such as air-to-air refueling during transit and having no scheduled stops en route to reduce potential exposure to the virus.

The Blue Angels typically fly at more than 30 air shows each year to demonstrate American military aviation. Since pilots must execute a minimum number of flight hours to maintain proficiency these flyovers will incur no additional cost to taxpayers, according to the Department of Defense.

The flight route and time are expected to be announced on Tuesday, according to our Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ.

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