A video posted online seems to show drones flew dangerously close to the six U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets jets as they performed an “America Strong” flyover in Detroit on May 12.
The video began to surface on social media Wednesday, May 12, 2020, the day after the Blue Angel’s America Strong flyover in Detroit.
The original video posted to YouTube included a number of different angles with the camera drone appearing momentarily in some of the shots.
The final shot shows the Blue Angel six-aircraft wedge formation flying extremely close to the camera drone as they pass overhead at speed. The left-wing, likely the #5 aircraft in the formation, is very close to the camera drone in the shot.
Most aerial drones are equipped with wide-angle lenses, making the proximity of the drone to the Blue Angel formation seen in the video extremely close.
The Blue Angels flew a circuit of Detroit between 11:47 AM and 11:51 AM in Detroit on Tuesday. No official mention of the incident has appeared in Blue Angels or U.S. Navy media. One reliable source told TheAviationist.com that, “The FAA and the Blues are aware of the video.”