USAF Thunderbirds to join USN Blue Angels, RAF Red Arrows, F-35s in historic aerial parade over the Hudson River

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The Thunderbirds Delta formation performs a flypast over New York City, New York.

Six F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, will join the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the Royal Air Force Red Arrows and a formation of F-35A Lightning IIs during an aerial parade over the Hudson River at approximately 9:30 on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Viewers can expect to see multiple iconic aircraft formations flying by the Manhattan skyline in a sequenced display of teamwork and airmanship.

WHAT: A 6-ship Thunderbird Delta Formation will fly over the Hudson River along the Manhattan skyline in sequence with a 6-ship Blue Angel Formation, a 9-ship Red Arrow formation, and a 2-ship F-35A Lightning II formation. Fans are encouraged to come out and post their best photos on social media tagged with #hudsonflight.

WHEN: The mission will occur at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2019.

WHERE: All aircraft will follow the Hudson River down to Liberty Island, then proceed back up the river. The Thunderbirds will return to Rochester International Airport, while the remaining aircraft will recover at Stewart Airport.

WHY: The Thunderbirds, Blue Angels and Red Arrows are performing demonstrations in the vicinity of New York on August 24-25, which offered the historic opportunity to showcase these elite flying teams together over the Manhattan skyline in a sequenced in a display of teamwork and airmanship.

Souce, Image: USAF Thunderbirds

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