Thunderbirds fly over New York City


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.

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Stunning flyover in New York City. Video: CBS New York on YouTube

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.

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Beautiful air-to-air footage of the flyover, filmed from a helicopter flying over Brooklyn, NY and Jersey City, NJ. Video: NBC New York on YouTube

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’.

Thunderbirds and Red Arrows fly over New York City
The Thunderbirds flying over the Hudson River in New York City.
Photo: USAF Tech. Sgt. Christopher Boitz

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)

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