CAMDEN, NJ — At approximately 1:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Camden residents should start to make their way to their balconies or windows to watch as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, and the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with a flyover.
The tribute will span New York City, Newark, Trenton and Philadelphia.
“We are truly excited to take to the skies with our Navy counterparts for a nation-wide tribute to the men and women keeping our communities safe.” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Caldwell, Thunderbird 1 and mission commander for the flyover. “We hope to give Americans a touching display of American resolve that honors those serving on the frontline of our fight with COVID-19.”
Flyovers in Trenton will start at 1:45 p.m., lasting roughly 10 minutes, before heading over the Philadelphia area — visible from South Jersey municipalities as well.
Camden residents interested in seeing the flyover should not travel or gather in large groups to observe it — and instead have been encouraged to enjoy the homage while observing home-quarantine mandates.
“We are incredibly honored to have the opportunity to salute those working on the frontline of the COVID-19 response, we are in awe of your strength and resilience,” said Cmdr. Brian Kesselring, U.S. Navy Blue Angels commanding officer and flight leader. “Thank you to all of those in essential industries keeping our nation moving forward. We will get through this. We are all in this together.”
The flyover is one of several planned over the coming weeks.