The US Navy Blue Angels fly in formation over the US Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" during the Joint Base Andrews Air & Space Expo at JB Andrews, Md., on May 11, 2019. Air Force photo by MSgt. Michael B. Keller.
Editor’s Note: As of Aug. 21, the Blue Angels are no longer participating in this event. The story has been updated.
The Air Force Thunderbirds Demonstration Team will join some of the other finest flyers from the US and UK militaries in an Aug. 22 aerial parade over the Hudson River in New York City.
The six Thunderbirds F-16s will join two USAF F-35As, two F-22 Raptors, and nine Royal Air Force Red Arrows’ Hawk T1s in the event, which will kick off around 9:30 a.m., according to an Aug. 16 release.
The parade was made possible by a stroke of scheduling luck, since the two demonstration teams are conducting demonstrations in the New York area on Aug. 24-25.
The aircraft will follow the river to Liberty Island before returning back up the river. The Thunderbirds will then return to Rochester International Airport, with the other aircraft flying to Stewart Airport.