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Blue Angels will fly over Fort Worth and Dallas to honor those fighting coronavirus

The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels perform an inverted demonstration in 2007. The Blue Angels are scheduled to headline Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point's air show, May 21-23, 2006. (U.S. Navy/Released)

The Navy’s Blue Angels will fly over Fort Worth and Dallas Wednesday morning to show support for health care and other essential workers who are helping fight the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, announced the flyover, which is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and last about 35 minutes.

“I’m proud to partner with the Navy to bring the Blue Angels to Fort Worth, showcasing our community’s deep appreciation to the brave doctors, nurses, first responders, and essential workers on the frontlines of our nation’s fight against the coronavirus,” Granger said in a statement.

“These are unexpected, unprecedented times, but I know our community and country will emerge stronger than before.”

A formation of 6 F/A-18C/D Hornet aircraft will conduct these flyovers, according to the Blue Angels.

The flight path they’ll take hasn’t been released, but officials say residents “can expect a few moments of jet noise as the aircraft pass overhead, along with the sight of 6 high-performance aircraft flying in precise formation.”

After the flyovers in North Texas, the aircraft will then head to Houston and New Orleans for similar tributes.

“America Strong is about showing how much we, as a nation, count on our frontline responders and that we have their back just like they have had ours,” Cmdr. Brian Kesselring, U.S. Navy Blue Angels commanding officer and flight leader for the flyover, said in a statement. “They have always been there for us all, holding our nation together, even more so during this pandemic.

“It is really impactful to see this nation come together and stand in solidarity during these unprecedented times.”

Officials say residents can see the flyover from their homes and they encourage people not to travel to hospitals or other landmarks. They also recommend that people maintain social distancing during the flyovers.


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