Thunderbirds, Blue Angels honor front-line workers with flight over Long Island

The flyover happened around 12:20 p.m. over Long Island hospitals.

News 12 Staff

Apr 28, 2020, 9:50 AM

Updated 1,449 days ago

Share:

Over the last few weeks there have been rallies on the streets outside hospitals put on by local law enforcement. Different organizations have created signs that adorn the lawns in front of medical complexes and restaurants have raised funds to bring meals to front-line workers. Now, elite flying teams from the military want to show their support too— from the sky!

On Tuesday, the United States Navy Blue Angels and the United States Air Force Thunderbirds joined together for a "Fly By" over tri-state area hospitals.
"We have been amazed by the tenacity and dedication of our medical professionals. It's a stressful time for everybody— especially our health care providers and we thought, what a better way to show support of our solidarity, our gratitude than by dedicating these flyovers to our medical community," explained U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Caldwell, mission commander for the flyover.
It's in the late spring and summer months when these elite flying teams typically put on impressive shows all over the country. Due to the pandemic, many have been postponed or even canceled.

Major Zane Taylor, a pilot with the Thunderbirds shared, "This whole pandemic is so hard, because we're fighting an invisible foe. And these health care workers are out there every day, putting their lives on the line. We're just flying near the hospitals and trying to show them that this is US supporting YOU. We can't show you support in person, but this is a way for us to show you support from afar or overhead."

The "Fly By" started at 12:20 p.m. and lasted for about 40 minutes. They passed over hospitals all across Long Island during that time.


undefined
 
PHOTOS: Sights and Scenes at the 2019 Bethpage Air Show
 
undefined
 
 


More from News 12
2:14
No layoffs in Sachem School District; multimillion-dollar budget shortfall remains

No layoffs in Sachem School District; multimillion-dollar budget shortfall remains

1:32
Chances for showers next 2 days; cooler trend for rest of workweek

Chances for showers next 2 days; cooler trend for rest of workweek

2:06
School superintendent: No major cuts to programs or school closures this year in Long Beach

School superintendent: No major cuts to programs or school closures this year in Long Beach

1:34
West Islip BOE approves $139M budget as parents address safety concerns

West Islip BOE approves $139M budget as parents address safety concerns

1:40
West Islip student accused of bringing gun, bullets to high school pleads not guilty

West Islip student accused of bringing gun, bullets to high school pleads not guilty

0:33
Adventureland opens Tuesday for people with autism and their loved ones

Adventureland opens Tuesday for people with autism and their loved ones

0:23
Police: Tractor-trailer filled with potatoes goes up in flames on LIE

Police: Tractor-trailer filled with potatoes goes up in flames on LIE

1:04
Driver in fatal shooting of Detective Jonathan Diller pleads not guilty

Driver in fatal shooting of Detective Jonathan Diller pleads not guilty

1:59
State budget tentative agreement allows school boards to move forward

State budget tentative agreement allows school boards to move forward

1:30
DEC: 3rd layer discovered under chemical drums already uncovered at Bethpage park

DEC: 3rd layer discovered under chemical drums already uncovered at Bethpage park

0:22
Police: 2 officers injured while making arrest at Bellerose 7-Eleven

Police: 2 officers injured while making arrest at Bellerose 7-Eleven

0:30
Police: 23-year-old charged for scrawling antisemitic graffiti in East Meadow

Police: 23-year-old charged for scrawling antisemitic graffiti in East Meadow

1:52
‘Wastewater Olympics’ held in East Rockaway ahead of Earth Day

‘Wastewater Olympics’ held in East Rockaway ahead of Earth Day

1:50
Made on Long Island: Ronance Mouthwatering Morsels in Bellmore

Made on Long Island: Ronance Mouthwatering Morsels in Bellmore

1:32
Nassau Community College professors call on state to step in to help school survive

Nassau Community College professors call on state to step in to help school survive

Police: Driver arrested for fatal Brentwood hit-and-run

Police: Driver arrested for fatal Brentwood hit-and-run

1:39
Paws & Pals: Dogs up for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue

Paws & Pals: Dogs up for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue

4:39
Guide: Ways to help you identify and deal with work burnout

Guide: Ways to help you identify and deal with work burnout

1:49
Officials: Fire dispatcher's wife alerts him about blaze at their Centereach home

Officials: Fire dispatcher's wife alerts him about blaze at their Centereach home

0:32
State police: Trooper conducting traffic stop rear-ended on Meadowbrook State Parkway

State police: Trooper conducting traffic stop rear-ended on Meadowbrook State Parkway