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Awesome! Cockpit-Cam Footage From Blue Angels NYC and Philly Flyover

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Awesome! Cockpit-Cam Footage From Blue Angels NYC and Philly Flyover

We’ve been writing a lot about the impacts on coronavirus on the travel industry, and how the travel industry is reeling from the pandemic.  And though this isn’t strictly travel related per se, we love airplanes here at The Winglet.  So when I came across the video released by the Department of Defense (DoD) from the Blue Angels NYC and Philadelphia flyovers, it was hard not to share.  The video is from the cockpit of the Blue Angels pilots.

Both the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds are performing flyovers around the country to thank those at the frontlines of fighting coronavirus, including doctors and nurses.  Yesterday, they fly over New York City and Philadelphia.

And here’s the cockpit view from over Philly:

I also want to give the Thunderbirds some coverage here too.  Here’s some of the incredible pictures they posted from yesterday’s flyover.

Some criticism has been leveled at the DoD for the amount of money they are spending on this flyovers.  Instead, they think that money should be going to fighting coronavirus.  But I think those arguments miss three key points:

  1. Pilots need to fly a certain number of hours anyways, so it’s nice to use those hours to also give some workers on the frontlines something to be excited about;
  2. The money was already allocated in the budget.  This isn’t new money the government is spending; and
  3. It’s simply a nice thing to do that photos from NYC and Philly demonstrate many frontline workers appreciated.

It’s important to keep in mind, these folks have been working tiring hours for months.  If they can get a few-minute respite from the drain of fighting a global pandemic, maybe we can hold the negativity for a day and let them have it.

Of course, there is much to be done still to give our medical professionals the tools they need to do their job.  But that’s a separate argument, and should have nothing to do with the discussion on these flyovers.

Bottom Line

This video is awesome, and the photos of people from these two cities are also incredible.  As a country and a world, we’re going to get over this pandemic.  And a lot of that is because the dedication the nurses, doctors, scientists, and many others have towards completing the mission.  I’m glad they got a couple of minutes to do something fun.  While fighting a pandemic, I hope they realized with this the country is behind them.

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4 Comments on Awesome! Cockpit-Cam Footage From Blue Angels NYC and Philly Flyover

  1. Dr. K Grahn // April 29, 2020 at 9:20 am //

    US government just pumped trillions of dollars into the economy but now someone is going to complain about some jets

  2. Chaz Rodman // May 1, 2020 at 9:30 am //

    The USAF Thunderbirds, and USN Blue Angels flew over the Medical Center that I work at in S. Jersey. Everyone that was outside, on the top floor of the Garage, or by a Window; appreciated having the fly-over happen.
    I have not seen my Son for quite a while, because he is stationed overseas; and having the Thunderbirds fly over made me feel that much closer to him.
    I understand that some people may have objected to the Fly-Overs; but normally the USN Blue Angels spend 300 days per year away from their Base flying. COVID-19 has greatly limited their Training Hours, and the “Performances” that they take part in; so if flying over some Hospitals as a Thank You helps them stay current with their hours, then I am OK with it.

    • Jonathan // May 1, 2020 at 9:48 am //

      Wow! Thanks so much for sharing that, Chaz! Happy to hear that it made you closer to your son. I hope you get to see him sometime in the near future! Thanks for all you are doing!

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