Trump said Wednesday that the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels will perform military flyovers over American cities and in some regions that “aren't major cities,” as part of a plan formulated by military officials, named "Operation America Strong.”
“This is a tribute to them, to our warriors, because they're equal warriors to those incredible pilots, all of the fighters that we have for the more traditional fights that we win,” he continued.
“The Thunderbird and Blue Angel crews … wanted to show support to the American medical workers, who just like military members in a time of war, are fiercely running toward the fight. I want to see those shows.”
Trump did not specify when the air shows will take place, or where they will be conducted. However, The Washington Post reported that the flyovers will be held over areas where people do not typically congregate, in keeping with social distancing measures.
“We’re going to be doing it again on July 4,” Trump told reporters.
“On July 4 we’ll be doing what we had at the Mall, as you know doing it last year was a tremendous success, I would imagine we’ll do it—hopefully I can use the term forever,” Trump said. “It was a great success.”
He said this year’s Independence Day gathering on the National Mall will “probably have 25 percent of what we had last year.”
“So ideally it would be wonderful if we could have it as it was last year,” Trump said. “Eventually we will have that. I think it's important to know, eventually we are going to have that.”