NEW YORK CITY – The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Royal Air Force Red Arrows conducted a rare flyover today over the Hudson River in New York City, together with the USAF F-35 Demo Team and the USAF F-22 Raptor Demo Team. 15 jets trailing red, white and blue smoke and 4 fifth gen jets soared in formation down the Hudson River towards the Statue of Liberty, Thursday morning in New York City in a beautiful 10 minute show.
The flyover was a rare and quite spectacular sight in New York City and was flown high enough for people to see from Manhattan to Brooklyn and ofcourse Jersey City on the other side of the Hudson River.
There was one Aerobatic Team missing though; the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Initially the flyover should be conducted by the Blue Angels, the Thunderbirds and the Red Arrows.
It’s a rare occasion for the Aerobatic Teams of the USA and UK to be in one State together for an Airshow, but unfortunately the Blue Angels were not flying in the flyover, due to ‘operational considerations’.
The Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds are flying in the Rochester International Air Show and the New York Airshow this weekend in the State of New York. The Red Arrows are only flying this weekend in the New York Airshow.
(Head photo: USAF Staff Sgt. Ned T. Johnston)