The Navy’s Blue Angels will continue their flyover salutes to COVID-19 first-responders in Texas and Louisiana cities on Wednesday.
The Blue Angels announced that they would support health workers in the Dallas, Houston , Fort Worth and New Orleans areas with a flyover, similar to salutes that were given in the Northeast. “We salute and thank all healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential personnel serving on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19,” the group wrote in a Tweet.
The Blue Angels announced on Twitter that a 35-minute flyover salute would begin in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at 11 a.m CDT. The flyover will continue to Houston with a 30-minute flyover at noon. The salute in New Orleans will begin at 1:45 p.m., with the flyover concluding at 2:05 p.m. Times are subject to change, though.
They also mentioned “Residents should observe the flyover from the safety of their home-quarantine and should refrain from traveling to see the flyover. Social distancing should be practiced at all times.”
They further mentioned on Twitter that they would do flyover Jacksonville and Miami this Friday.
The are the Blue Angels daredevil pilots behind this awesome show.
Commander Brian C. Kesselring is a native of Fargo, North Dakota. He graduated from Concordia College, MN, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree with majors in Physics, Mathematics, and Business while also competing in basketball and track & field. Upon graduation, Brian attended Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, where he earned his commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in March 2001. Brian joined the Blue Angels in September 2019. He has accumulated more than 3,900 flight hours and has 812 carrier-arrested landings. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, six Strike/Flight Air Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various personal, unit and service awards.
Lieutenant Commander James Haley is a native of Canadian, Texas. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 2005, where he lettered in football and track. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering in 2009, and earned his commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. James joined the Blue Angels in September 2018. He has accumulated more than 1,700 flight hours and has 266 carrier-arrested landings. His decorations include a Strike Flight Air Medal, a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various personal and unit awards.
Major Frank Zastoupil is a native of Kingwood, Texas and graduated from Kingwood High School in 2005. He attended Texas A&M University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2009. Frank earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps through the Platoon Leaders Course in 2009 and reported to The Basic School (TBS) at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico, Virginia to complete training. Following TBS, Frank was assigned to the Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL) for Russian language and culture training. Frank joined the Blue Angels in September 2019. He has accumulated more than 1,000 flight hours across three different tactical platforms, has ten carrier arrested landings and 90 shipboard vertical landings. His decorations include three Strike Flight Air Medals, one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and various personal and unit awards.
Lieutenant Commander James Cox is a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, and graduated from Great Bridge High School in 2001. He attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration in 2005. Following college, he worked in Washington, D.C. in sales and consulting until 2009, when he joined the Navy and earned his commission through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. James joined the Blue Angels in September 2018. He has accumulated more than 1,400 flight hours and has 200 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various personal and unit awards.