By Sally Deering
Today at 9:30 am, the sky over the Hudson River served as a backdrop for a spectacular Fly Over demonstration of military jets from the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, and the British Royal Air Force. The Fly Over was to mark the occasion of British Royal Air Force’s first visit to the U.S. since 2008.
In Hudson towns along the waterfront crowds gathered to watch the British Royal Air Force “Red Arrows”, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and the Navy’s Blue Angels fly high in the sky above the Hudson River. The planes formed a nine-ship Red Arrow formation with two F-35A Lightning II stealth aircraft; six F-16 fighting Falcons from the Thunderbirds, and six F/A 18 Hornets from the Blue Angels.
Air Force demo team spokesman told Military.com: “We’ve never done a Thunderbirds, Blue Angels, Red Arrows flight over the Hudson before. Plus, we’ll have two F-35s.”
In formation, the jets flew south above the Hudson River, circled Liberty Island – home of the Statue of Liberty – and then flew north along the Hudson with the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds streaming red, white and blue contrails in the sky.
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