The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, will be saluting frontline COVID-19 workers and other essential workers on Thursday in Arkansas.
The squadron will be passing through Tennessee and Arkansas in flight formations on May 14. The Arkansas flyover will take place in Little Rock, starting at 1:45 p.m.
During the flyover, six F/A-18C/D Hornet aircraft will perform in a “collaborative salute” to frontline COVID-19 workers, including healthcare personnel, first responders and other essential workers.
“The America Strong initiative is a way for the Blue Angels to show appreciation to the thousands of nurses, doctors, firefighters, grocery store employees, military personnel and many others who are at the front line of the pandemic response,” Cmdr. Brian Kesselring, U.S. Navy Blue Angels commanding officer and flight leader for the flyover, said in a statement. “This is our opportunity to salute each American in the fight against COVID-19.”
According to a U.S. Navy news release, individuals in the flight path can expect jet noise as the aircraft passes overhead. Little Rock residents should be able to view the flyover from their homes, and the U.S. Navy encourages residents to maintain social distancing and refrain from traveling to landmarks to view the display.
View the flight path below: