On Aug. 22, 2019, the legendary Royal Air Force (RAF) Red Arrows flew in formation alongside the US Air Force (USAF) Thunderbirds for a historic aerial parade above Manhattan, along the Hudson River and over Statue of Liberty.
History was made as the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds, the RAF’s Red Arrow 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 this weekend.
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The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, has posted a 360-degree video from the F-16 Fighting Falcon’s cockpit during an aerial parade over the Hudson River.
“Tilt that phone around and check out the view from Thunderbird 1 as Boss led the pack of Air Force aerial demonstration teams down the Hudson River this morning,” said on its Facebook account.
Six F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets from the Thunderbirds air demonstration squadron were flying over the Hudson River along the Manhattan skyline in sequence with a 9-ship Red Arrow formation, a 2-ship F-35A Lightning II formation and a 2-ship F-22 Raptor formation.
The formation of aircraft approached from the north side of the city, over the river, before passing Manhattan on the left. On reaching New York Harbour, the jets made a sweeping right turn near the Statue of Liberty and proceeded back up the river for a second pass.
According to the U.S. Air Force’s statement, the event was planned after both the Thunderbirds and Red Arrows had scheduled performances in the vicinity of New York on August 24-25.