Blue Angels grounded for Detroit show but will reschedule


DETROIT, Mich. (WLNS) – UPDATE (10:26 PM): The Blue Angels flyover that was planned for Detroit on Wednesday has been canceled, according to multiple reports including WWJ.

The flight will be rescheduled. The new date hasn’t yet been determined, officials said on Tuesday.

The flight plan was supposed to be announced today for the show tomorrow.

Although they didn’t specify that that weather is the reason, there are thunderstorms in the forecast for the metro Detroit area and the across the Midwest

The ‘Fly Over Detroit’ was planned as a way to salute and recognize healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential personnel amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Navy said, in announcing the program called “America Strong.”

ORIGINAL POST: The Blue Angels are expected to fly over Detroit on Wednesday as a tribute to those on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.

The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is part of America Strong, which recognizes healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential personnel. It also stands in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re excited to fly over cities across America as our way of saying thanks to the healthcare workers, first responders, and all the people who selflessly run into the breach working to keep America strong,” said Adm. Michael Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations. “This is also our way of showing that we are all in this together and that America’s spirit will prevail.”

The team wants to remind spectators to follow social distancing guidelines. The Blue Angels will themselves take precautions such as air-to-air refueling during transit and having no scheduled stops en route to reduce potential exposure to the virus.

The Blue Angels typically fly at more than 30 air shows each year to demonstrate American military aviation. Since pilots must execute a minimum number of flight hours to maintain proficiency these flyovers will incur no additional cost to taxpayers, according to the Department of Defense.

The flight route and time are expected to be announced on Tuesday, according to our Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ.

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