Thousands IGNORE stay-at-home order and cram along banks of the Hudson to watch Thunderbirds and Blue Angels dart across NYC's skies in honor of health care workers battling COVID-19(40 Pics)

Crowds of people ignored social distancing rules to watch the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels soar over New York City's skies Tuesday.  
Pilots from the US Navy teamed up with the Air Force for the dazzling display over the Big Apple at around noon local time to pay tribute to the healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 on the frontlines.
The Blue Angels had earlier issued a warning, telling people to 'refrain from traveling to see the flyover', tweeting: 'Residents should observe the flyover from the safety of their home-quarantine. Social distancing should be practiced at all times. Stay home and stay safe!' 
But pictures show residents in New Jersey and New York ignored the warnings, with huge crowds gathered to watch the flyover in both states.  

In an earlier statement the Air Force and Navy had said they partnered with local governments and media outlets to 'help ensure spectators follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention social distancing guidelines'.   
The Thunderbirds said the flyover would be 'a show of national solidarity' and 'collaborative salute from the Navy and Air Force to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic'.
The group then refueled before heading to Trenton, New Jersey and Philadelphia for 2pm. Tuesday's flight is part of a a series of multi-city flyovers over the next two weeks, they said.  
New Jersey: Hundreds of people in New Jersey on Tuesday ignored social distancing rules to watch the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels soar over New York City's skies in a tribute to the healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 on the frontlines
New Jersey: Hundreds of people in New Jersey on Tuesday ignored social distancing rules to watch the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels soar over New York City's skies in a tribute to the healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 on the frontlines
New Jersey: Pilots from the US Navy teamed up with the Air Force for the dazzling display over the Big Apple at around noon local time to pay tribute to the healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 on the frontlines
New Jersey: Pilots from the US Navy teamed up with the Air Force for the dazzling display over the Big Apple at around noon local time to pay tribute to the healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 on the frontlines
The USN Blue Angels and the USAF Thunderbirds fly over the Statue of Liberty to pay tribute to COVID-19 frontline workers
The USN Blue Angels and the USAF Thunderbirds fly over the Statue of Liberty to pay tribute to COVID-19 frontline workers
Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration teams participate in flyover over the Empire State building
Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration teams participate in flyover over the Empire State building 
New Jersey: The Blue Angels had earlier issued a warning, telling people to 'refrain from traveling to see the flyover', tweeting: 'Residents should observe the flyover from the safety of their home-quarantine. Stay home and stay safe!'
New Jersey: The Blue Angels had earlier issued a warning, telling people to 'refrain from traveling to see the flyover', tweeting: 'Residents should observe the flyover from the safety of their home-quarantine. Stay home and stay safe!'
The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and the Air Force's Thunderbirds pay tribute to essential workers fighting against the Coronavirus Blue Angels and Thunderbirds NYC flyover tribute
The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and the Air Force's Thunderbirds pay tribute to essential workers fighting against the Coronavirus Blue Angels and Thunderbirds NYC flyover tribute

Footage posted online shows the pilots - in themed face coverings - making their way to their jets. Under the wings of each plane a sign read: 'In This Together.'
Stunning pictures show the 12 jets soaring past the Empire State building and the Statue of Liberty in Manhattan.  
'We're excited to fly over cities across America as our way of saying thanks to the healthcare workers, first responders, and all the people who selflessly run into the breach working to keep America strong,' said Gen. Dave Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and Adm. Michael Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations. 
'This is also our way of showing that we are all in this together and that America's spirit will prevail.' 
Blue Angels fly over NYC skies to honor of health care workers


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Pictures show the 12 jets soaring over Manhattan: The Thunderbirds and Blue Angels took the skies Tuesday in a show of national unity with healthcare workers on the COVID-19 frontlines
Pictures show the 12 jets soaring over Manhattan: The Thunderbirds and Blue Angels took the skies Tuesday in a show of national unity with healthcare workers on the COVID-19 frontlines
NYC: People at Domino Park watch the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels take to the skies. Residents had been told to stay home
NYC: People at Domino Park watch the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels take to the skies. Residents had been told to stay home 
Domino Park, Brooklyn, NYC: Pilots from the US Navy joined forces with the Air Force for a dazzling display over New York City
Domino Park, Brooklyn, NYC: Pilots from the US Navy joined forces with the Air Force for a dazzling display over New York City
NYC: Both flying teams have been forced to cancel performance as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak
NYC: Both flying teams have been forced to cancel performance as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak
NYC: Clear skies made the flyover picture perfect but also encouraged thousands to leave their homes to witness it
NYC: Clear skies made the flyover picture perfect but also encouraged thousands to leave their homes to witness it 
U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration teams fly over Manhattan bridge as part of the "America Strong" tour of U.S. cities to honor first responders and essential workers during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease
U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration teams fly over Manhattan bridge as part of the 'America Strong' tour of U.S. cities to honor first responders and essential workers during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease
U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration teams participate in a midday flyover of New York City
U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration teams participate in a midday flyover of New York City
The US Navy Blue Angels and US Air Force Thunderbirds honor first responders by flying over the Brooklyn Bridge
The US Navy Blue Angels and US Air Force Thunderbirds honor first responders by flying over the Brooklyn Bridge
Six Thunderbirds U.S. Airforce and six Blue Angles Navy jets fly over NYC as a salute to frontline COVID-19 responders
Six Thunderbirds U.S. Airforce and six Blue Angles Navy jets fly over NYC as a salute to frontline COVID-19 responders
Military Blue Angels give a fantastic display over NYC and NJ

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Mission commander U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Caldwell said: 'We hope to give Americans a touching display of American resolve that honors those serving on the frontline of our fight with COVID-19.
'We are truly excited to take to the skies with our Navy counterparts for a nationwide tribute to the men and women keeping our communities safe.' 
Blue Angels commanding officer Cmdr. Brian Kesselring said: 'We are incredibly honored to have the opportunity to salute those working on the frontline of the COVID-19 response, we are in awe of your strength and resilience.
'Thank you to all of those in essential industries keeping our nation moving forward. We will get through this. We are all in this together.' 
The number of confirmed U.S. coronavirus cases has passed one million; the death toll is 58,059. Some states have eased restrictions aimed at fighting the pandemic battering the economy.  
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday revealed his 12-step plan to reopening state which includes keeping hospital capacity beneath 70 percent and seeing solid two-week declines in coronavirus cases in the areas he will restart but said it would take a 'miracle' for New York City to reach the requirements in the next few weeks.
Cuomo's lockdown officially ends on May 15 but he said on Monday he would extend it for some regions of the state where the data suggests there is still a problem.
In upstate New York, the infection rate is believed to be as low as three percent whereas in New York City, it is nearly 25 percent, according to an antibody study the state is carrying out.
The first step of the plan is to ensure that the region being reopened has seen declining coronavirus cases for 14 days.
New York City is a long way front that benchmark. 
NYC: Healthcare workers from the NYU Langone Medical Center watch as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration teams participate in a midday flyover
NYC: Healthcare workers from the NYU Langone Medical Center watch as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration teams participate in a midday flyover
NYC: The flyover was part of the "America Strong" tour of U.S. cities to honour first responders and essential workers
NYC: The flyover was part of the 'America Strong' tour of U.S. cities to honour first responders and essential workers
NYC: NYU Langone Medical Center workers take pictures as the 12 jets fly over New York City
NYC: NYU Langone Medical Center workers take pictures as the 12 jets fly over New York City 
Domino Park, NYC: In a earlier statement the Air Force and Navy had said they have partnered with local governments and media outlets to 'help ensure spectators follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention social distancing guidelines'
Domino Park, NYC: In a earlier statement the Air Force and Navy had said they have partnered with local governments and media outlets to 'help ensure spectators follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention social distancing guidelines'
New Jersey: Tuesday's flight is part of a a series of multi-city flyovers over the next two weeks
New Jersey: Tuesday's flight is part of a a series of multi-city flyovers over the next two weeks
Newport, New Jersey: Residents watch U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Airforce Thunderbirds fly along the Hudson River
Newport, New Jersey: Residents watch U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Airforce Thunderbirds fly along the Hudson River
Newport, New Jersey: Donald Trump said earlier this month that the two prominent aerobatics teams 'will be performing air shows over America's cities,' and in some places that 'aren't major cities,' he added, in a salute to the country's frontline workers who have been combating the coronavirus pandemic
Newport, New Jersey: Donald Trump said earlier this month that the two prominent aerobatics teams 'will be performing air shows over America's cities,' and in some places that 'aren't major cities,' he added, in a salute to the country's frontline workers who have been combating the coronavirus pandemic
Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York: The Blue Angels are based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, and Thunderbirds, based at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas. Pilots typically fly at more than 30 air shows each year
Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York: The Blue Angels are based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, and Thunderbirds, based at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas. Pilots typically fly at more than 30 air shows each year
The Thunderbirds and Blue Angels before taking to the skies Tuesday in a show of national unity with healthcare workers
The Thunderbirds and Blue Angels before taking to the skies Tuesday in a show of national unity with healthcare workers


Pilots from the US Navy joined forces with the Air Force for a dazzling display over New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey
In a statement the Thunderbirds said the flyover would be 'a show of national solidarity' and 'collaborative salute from the Navy and Air Force to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic'
In a statement the Thunderbirds said the flyover would be 'a show of national solidarity' and 'collaborative salute from the Navy and Air Force to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic'
In a statement the Thunderbirds said the flyover would be 'a show of national solidarity' and 'collaborative salute from the Navy and Air Force to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic'
US Blue Angels and Thunderbirds prepare for takeoff


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The two demonstration teams will fly over areas of the country hardest hit by COVID-19, as both joint and individual team flights occurring every one-to-two days until mid-May. 
It is understood six F-18C/D Hornets from the Blue Angels and six F-16C/D Fighting Falcons from the Thunderbirds will take to the skies. 
Donald Trump said earlier this month that the two prominent aerobatics teams 'will be performing air shows over America's cities,' and in some places that 'aren't major cities,' he added, in a salute to the country's frontline workers who have been combating the coronavirus pandemic. 
'This is a tribute to them, our warriors,' the president said.    

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:The Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds fly over downtown Philadelphia on Tuesday
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:The Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds fly over downtown Philadelphia on Tuesday 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Healthcare workers react as they watch the flyover on Tuesday afternoon
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Healthcare workers react as they watch the flyover on Tuesday afternoon
Philadelphia: The 12 jets later headed to Philadelphia for 2pm. The two demonstration teams will fly over areas of the country hardest hit by COVID-19, as both joint and individual team flights occurring every one-to-two days until mid-May
Philadelphia: The 12 jets later headed to Philadelphia for 2pm. The two demonstration teams will fly over areas of the country hardest hit by COVID-19, as both joint and individual team flights occurring every one-to-two days until mid-May
Philadelphia: 'This is a tribute to them, our warriors,' the president said of the flyovers dedicated to frontline workers
Philadelphia: 'This is a tribute to them, our warriors,' the president said of the flyovers dedicated to frontline workers
Brooklyn Heights Promenade: A formation of US Navy Blue Angels and US Air Force Thunderbirds honor first responders on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic by flying over New York
Brooklyn Heights Promenade: A formation of US Navy Blue Angels and US Air Force Thunderbirds honor first responders on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic by flying over New York
Brooklyn Heights Promenade: NYC residents left their homes to see the display despite being told not to
Brooklyn Heights Promenade: NYC residents left their homes to see the display despite being told not to 
It is understood six F-16C/D Fighting Falcons from the Thunderbirds took to the skies
It is understood six F-16C/D Fighting Falcons from the Thunderbirds took to the skies
It is understood six F-18C/D Hornets from the Blue Angels took to the skies.
It is understood six F-18C/D Hornets from the Blue Angels took to the skies.
Newport, New Jersey: Onlookers watch from New Jersey as the jets fly over Manhattan and the Hudson River
Newport, New Jersey: Onlookers watch from New Jersey as the jets fly over Manhattan and the Hudson River 
A formation of US Navy Blue Angels and US Air Force Thunderbirds honor first responders on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic by flying over New York, as viewed from Brooklyn Heights Promenade
A formation of US Navy Blue Angels and US Air Force Thunderbirds honor first responders on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic by flying over New York, as viewed from Brooklyn Heights Promenade

They add: 'Both teams are also implementing various measures to maintain personnel and community safety. This includes air-to-air refueling during transit and no scheduled stops en route to reduce potential exposure to the virus.' 
The Blue Angels are based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, and Thunderbirds, based at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas.
Pilots typically fly at more than 30 air shows each year to demonstrate American military aviation. 
Both teams have been forced to cancel performance as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak; the flyovers will incur no additional cost to taxpayers. 
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