The Blue Angels brightened Houston’s Wednesday with an early afternoon flyover in appreciation of those on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Blue Angels, the flight demonstration squadron of the U.S. Navy, flew over Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and New Orleans on Wednesday. They zipped around the Houston region for about 30 minutes, soaring over the Heights, Garden Oaks and Oak Forest area shortly before 1 p.m.
Nearly 100 front-line workers from Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital gathered outside on the helipad to watch the flyover. Nurses at the area hospital also received flowers from Perfect Petals by Geo on Wednesday, which was National Nurses Day.
Residents were asked by the Blue Angels to observe the flyover from their homes and practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the upper-respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus. It had infected more than 7,000 residents of Houston and Harris County as of Wednesday, leading to 144 deaths.
Area residents can view another flyover at midday Friday. The Lone Star Flight Museum will conduct the “Fight to the Finish Flyover” across the Houston region between 11:45 a.m.-1:10 p.m. Friday.
The Lone Star Flight Museum said its flyover, which commemorated the 75th anniversary of VE Day and the end of World War II in Europe, includes nearly 30 “rare and historic warbirds.” Shortly after noon Friday, according to the flight path posted on the museum’s website, the planes will fly from east to west over the Washington Avenue area and then turn north through Timbergrove Manor on its way to Acres Homes.