BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will honor frontline healthcare workers and first responders battling the COVID-19 pandemic with formation flights in Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Atlanta on Saturday.
Flyovers in Baltimore will start at 11:30 a.m. and last around 15 minutes.
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The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds will first pass through Baltimore before heading through Towson and around Brooklandville. They will come back down through Roland Park and Hampden, then make their way through Essex and Rosedale.
They will end in Brooklyn Park, Linthicum Heights and Ferndale as they head toward Washington, D.C.
Captain Michael Brewer, a right wing with the Thunderbirds, will be one of those soaring in the skies above the region Saturday morning.
The routes, he said were picked to coincide with the locations of major hospitals.
“We’ve plotted out major hospitals, especially the ones they have been affected by COVID, and we’re going to do a fly-by,” he said.
In total, a dozen aircraft will fly over the city.
“You’ll see two delta formations is what we call it,” Brewer said.
Brewer hopes their tribute to those helping patients battle COVID-19 will put a smile on peoples’ faces.
“It’s not just us saying thank you: it’s the thousands of other people that are going to look above and see us flying in support to all jointly with one voice say, ‘Thank you,'” he said.
Maryland State Police said residents in the areas will be able to see the flyover from their homes and social distancing guidelines will be in effect during this event.
People should not be traveling to landmarks, hospitals or gathering in large groups to see the flyover, America Strong said.
In a joint news release, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force squadrons reminded spectators to follow these safety guidelines.
“Residents in these areas will be able to see the flyover from the safety of their home-quarantine and should maintain all social distancing guidelines during this event,” the release said. “They should also refrain from traveling to landmarks, hospitals and gathering in large groups to view the flyover.”