The legendary U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight team will fly over Detroit Tuesday, and the Michigan National Guard 127th Wing will follow suit Wednesday.
DETROIT, MI—Tuesday, the famous flight team the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will fly over Detroit as part of a show of solidarity for Midwestern first responders during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron is one of the most famous exhibition flying teams in the world. Formed by Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Chester Nimitz in 1946 the team has gone on to be synonymous with impressive aero-acrobatic displays and popular flight shows.
Because of poor flight conditions, the Angels had to cancel a flyover of Detroit last month, WDIV reports. But the team is slated to make that flyover Tuesday on its way to similar shows of support in Chicago and Indianapolis.
The flight will begin from Sutton Lake at 11:30 A.M. Tuesday and loop over the city before ending at 11:51 A.M. for a total flight demonstration of around 20 minutes, the team tweeted. Their flight path soars above Dearborn, St. Clair Shores and Detroit before following the waterfront to the airport.
People are encouraged to watch from their homes and adhere to social distancing standards.
The Blue Angels have been touring the United States giving similar flyovers to show support as part of an “America Strong” public morale campaign. That kind of morale boost is exactly the mission Admiral Nimitz founded the Angels for, and it is a mission they’ve excelled at for nearly 75 years.
Michigan’s skies will be busy Tuesday, as the Blue Angels will share them with Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Wing which is tentatively doing flyovers across the state Tuesday and Wednesday. The 127th will fly over Maquette, Flint, Lansing, Traverse City, Battle Creek and Grand Rapids Tuesday and Novi and Detroit Wednesday.
These flyovers join a long line of acts of support both from institutions and individuals for those working front lines in the coronavirus pandemic. From small businesses getting cash from Consumers Energy to parades popping up around Detroit, Michiganders have seen an amazing outpouring of support for one another in recent times.