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Navy’s Blue Angels to fly over Chicago in show of ‘national solidarity,’ thanks

May 19, 2020


Rush University Medical Center employees watch as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly over the hospital and the city May 12, 2020, to honor front-line workers in Chicago. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)1 / 29

As part of its “America Strong” campaign to thank medical professionals, emergency responders and essential workers, the Blue Angels will do a flyover of Chicago on Tuesday, according to the flight demonstration squad.

The Blue Angels, an elite flight squad specializing in aerobatics, along with the Thunderbirds, the Air Force demonstration squad, have been conducting flyovers in cities across the country since the end of April, according to a Department of Defense news release that called the effort a show of “national solidarity.”

Chicago is on the list for Tuesday, along with Detroit and Indianapolis, according to social media posts from the Blue Angels. The approximately 15-minute flyover will be conducted in the Chicago area starting about 11:45 a.m., ending along the lakefront around noon. From its social media pages, it appeared the Thunderbirds would not be in Chicago on Tuesday.

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Graphic updates: Your #BlueAngels are heading your way #Detroit, #Chicago and #Indianapolis!

Note: previous posts list overhead times for Indy in CDT. Below is in EDT. Also, the Chicago route ends along the waterfront.#AmericaStrong#InThisTogether#HealthcareHeroes

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The announcement from the Defense Department said the flyovers were part of a campaign to thank all the people who have worked amid the pandemic to keep the country going strong. “America strong is a collaborative salute,” according to the news release.