History was made on Aug. 22, 2019, as the U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds, the RAF's Red Arrows (the Royal Air Force aerobatic team is in the U.S. for a tour of North America between August and October 2019) and a flight of two F-35As Lightning II jets of the F-35 Demo Team and two F-22s of the Raptor Demo Team flew over NYC ahead of the New York International Air Show to be held at New York Stewart airport.
Overall, 20 aircraft (including a Red Arrows Hawk jet that acted as camera ship) conducted the flyover on the Hudson River near the Statue of Liberty and Verrazzano Bridge performing passes at 2,500-3,000 ft and trailing colored smokes.
Unfortunately, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, initially slated to take part in the aerial parade, could not join the rest of the teams because of operational requirements.
Here are some of the coolest images we found online.
First of all, the following video (fast forward to 13:15 mark to spot the first jets) shows the flyover:
More photographs were shared online by the Red Arrows:
You don’t see this on your wing every day - @F22DemoTeam and @thef35 with us over New York. Image by SAC Rose Buchanan. #NewYork #RedArrowsTour #F22 #F35 #RAF #USAF #UK #US #NYAirshow pic.twitter.com/8YtNRDoud8— Red Arrows (@rafredarrows) August 22, 2019
Red Arrows meet @thef35 over New York. Combining so many amazing aircraft and teams over such a brilliant city. Demonstrating the enduring partnership between the #UK and #US. Image by SAC Rose Buchanan. #NewYork #RedArrowsTour pic.twitter.com/XfgKzM0cIl— Red Arrows (@rafredarrows) August 22, 2019
Epic! @rafred10 puts his jet in the perfect place to allow photographer Sgt Ashley Keates, flying in the rear seat of the jet, to get this glorious image over New York today. The Red Arrows will appear at #NYAirshow - staged @SWFairport - this weekend. #RedArrowsTour #NewYork pic.twitter.com/xWbWKAqfNt— Red Arrows (@rafredarrows) August 22, 2019
Well that was insane. Huge thanks to @thef35 demo, @rafredarrows, and @AFThunderbirds for helping make this Aerial Parade over the Hudson such a historic and memorable event. As always... #RaptorNation pic.twitter.com/dsF7NA8KWb— F-22 Demonstration Team (@F22DemoTeam) August 22, 2019
History over the Hudson— Lockheed Martin (@LockheedMartin) August 22, 2019
In a rare flyover, the F-16, F-22, F-35 and the Red Arrows took to the New York skies in an incredible showcase of air power and partnership
@thef35 @F22DemoTeam @AFThunderbirds
📷 : @rafredarrows pic.twitter.com/aP6frllr1y
Beautiful flyover this morning on their way to NYC! pic.twitter.com/sECSt9gar4— Karen N 🇺🇸 (@fnp721) August 22, 2019
高倍率デジカメで撮ってみた。— ippo (@showmeNY2) August 22, 2019
先頭を行くのはRoyal Air ForceのRed Arrows、後続がUK所属のF22 RaptorとF35 Lightning。機煙を出して飛行するのはUS Air ForceのThuderbirds#flyover_nyc #US_Air_Force #Thunderbirds #Royal_Air_Force #Red_Arrows #F22 #F35 #F16 pic.twitter.com/L3BWktYNcp
This article originally appeared on The Aviationist. Follow @theaviationist on Twitter.
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