President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he planned to send out elite military flying teams to show support for medical professionals and first responders.
Trump said during Wednesday’s Coronavirus Task Force briefing that he intended to dispatch the Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds to major cities across the country in a show of support for those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. (RELATED: The Florida Crowd Went WILD When Trump Shouted Out The Blue Angels)
“I’m excited to announce that in the coming weeks, the Air Force Thunderbirds – are incredible – and the Navy Blue Angels, equally incredible, will be performing air shows over America’s major cities and some of the cities that aren’t major cities,” Trump began.
The president went on to explain that the flyovers would a be a tribute to all those fighting coronavirus on the front lines, adding, “What we’re doing is we’re paying tribute to our front line health care workers confronting COVID. And it’s really a signal to all Americans to remain vigilant during the outbreak. This is a tribute to them, to our warriors. Because they are equal warriors to those incredible pilots and all of the fighters that we have for the more traditional fights that we win and we win.”
Despite the cancellation of a number of spring air shows due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Blue Angels have continued to practice.
Check out these shots from today’s practice over NAS Pensacola!
— Blue Angels (@BlueAngels) April 9, 2020
And the Thunderbirds have already begun to execute flyovers in support of frontline workers.
We salute Colorado’s healthcare workers and first responders who are at the forefront of our nation’s fight against COVID-19. They are an inspiration for the entire country during these challenging times and it was an honor to fly for them yesterday. #AirForceSalutes pic.twitter.com/VpBRpl6fMu
— Thunderbirds (@AFThunderbirds) April 19, 2020