By Jill Fox
As many as 11 million spectators view the Blue Angels during air shows each year. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the flight demonstrators to cancel many performances.
On April 24, America Strong, a collaboration between the Navy and Air Force, announced the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds would fly over areas of the country hardest hit by the coronavirus, replacing their springtime schedule with a thank-you tour.
In a show of national solidarity, the Blue Angels have been conducting a series of flyovers to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting in New York City, the Blue Angels posted route maps and flight times on Twitter just before each flyover, which will continue to occur every one-to-two days through mid-May.
The teams have already flown through the skies of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Atlanta, Dallas, New Orleans, and Houston.
On Friday, they will appear in the skies above Jacksonville and cities across South Florida.
The Blue Angels will begin their route on Friday, May 8, at 1 p.m., and should be located over Tamarac around 1:15 p.m. A specific location has not been given, however, the map below shows their flight path.
Residents are advised to observe the flyover from the safety of their homes, refrain from traveling to see the flyover, and practice social distancing at all times.
Check the Blue Angels twitter page for live updates on their whereabouts.
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- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked in public relations and television for over 20 years. Fox lives in Parkland with her husband and their two children.