Blue Angels and Thunderbirds perform tribute to COVID-19 front lines

Blue Angels over Woolsey Park (Photo by Michael Ruger)

The US Air Force Air Demonstration squadron, the Thunderbirds, and the US Navy Flight Demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, saluted COVID-19 frontline responders, healthcare workers, and essential employees in a formation flight over New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia this afternoon.

“We are truly excited to take to the skies with our Navy counterparts for a nationwide tribute to the men and women keeping our communities safe,” said US Air Force Lt. Col. John Caldwell, Thunderbird 1 and mission commander for the flyover.

Video by Carl Seiden

From New York to Philadelphia, the air show and the brilliant blue skies brought out crowds (practicing social distancing) most haven’t seen for months.

Speculation was strong this morning about best viewing sites in the Hopewell Valley. Hopefuls along the Delaware River were disappointed that they could hear the planes but got no glimpse. Viewers at Woolsey Park, those near the Mercer County airport, and a lucky few on the roof of Capital Health got the best views.

Gallery photos all by Mike Chipowsky

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Amie Rukenstein
Amie Rukenstein is a very curious and enthusiastic resident of Hopewell Township who can never let a question go unanswered. Amie lives in Titusville with her husband, Ron, and numerous pets. She vastly enjoys frequent visits from her college-age children and their friends. In most aspects of her life, including with her new role at MercerMe, Amie is an organizer. With a full-time job and as a member of several non-profit organizations, she finds herself most often with her laptop open and excel and google on the screen. She does, however, leave the computer as often as possible to hike in Washington Crossing Park. Amie and Ron recently purchased what appears to be the oldest structure in Titusville. Known as The Titus Store at the corner of Church and River Drive and abandoned for 20 years, they look forward to restoring the building to its former glory.


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