Four demo teams stage 19-aircraft flypast over New York

NEW YORK | 19 military jets from four international demonstration teams performed a parade over the Statue of Liberty on Thursday 22nd August.

The nine BAE Hawk T.1As of the Red Arrows, currently touring North America, joined the six F-16s of the Thunderbirds, as well as two F-35A Lightning II jets from the USAF’s F-35 Demo Team and two F-22A Raptors of the Raptor Demo Team. The formation passed twice down the Hudson River, executing a turn over the Statue of Liberty.

The Blue Angels were also due to participate, but had to withdraw due to training requirements.

The Red Arrows, Blue Angels and F-35 will now go on to participate at the New York International Airshow the following weekend, with the Thunderbirds flying in Rochester, also in New York state.