Coronavirus: US military jets salute NY and Philadelphia health workers in flyover tribute

In a whirling tribute, US military jets flew over Philadelphia and New York to say thank you to the city’s medical workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

With clear blue skies, the two demonstration squadrons from the US Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds saluted those working on frontline as medical personnel, first responders and other essential workers.

Navy Cmdr. Brian Kesselring, US Navy Blue Angels commanding officer and flight leader told the Associated Press:

“We are incredibly honoured to have the opportunity to salute those working on the frontline of the COVID-19 response, we are in awe of your strength and resilience,” he explains.

Many squadrons have had to cancel flyover performances since the virus outbreak.

Pilots must fly a minimum number of hours to maintain proficiency.

Flyovers help towards ensuring pilots meet the training requirements, according to military officials.

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