Don't be alarmed by the five waves of military aircraft expected to whoosh over New York City this Fourth of July. It's part of a scheduled military flyover dubbed "Salute to the Great Cities of the American Revolution" happening at 5 p.m.
The NYPD says a contingent of bombers and fighters jets (along with an "etc." as the Police Department put it), spaced out in 15-second increments, will be among the military aircraft New Yorkers can spot, especially they're near the flight path. The West Side Highway is likely the place to capture the action, according to a graphic of the flight plan, which shows planes starting their performance north over the George Washington Bridge, shooting down the West Side Highway, passing the Statue of Liberty and heading towards the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.
The U.S. Department of Defense is the showrunner for the multi-state event, which includes Boston, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, which all played a critical role in the American Revolution. New York holds the distinction of seeing a third of the American Revolutionary War battles fought on its land.
"The aircraft are scheduled to overfly each of the cities, beginning at approximately 4:00 pm, then fly on to the next city. U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps jets will fly over in five waves. The flyovers will be led by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, followed by B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-15 and F-22 fighters and U.S. Marine Corps F-35 fighters," according to a press release from DoD.
It's the third such flyover in recent months, which included an April 28th event that paid tribute to essential workers. The noon flyover saw the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, and the Blue Angels were on tap to honor as New York was still in the thick of the COVID-19 outbreak. It was unclear how much the event cost taxpayers.
The show is expected to last for about an hour.