NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Blue Angels flew over Middle Tennessee on Thursday as part of their salute to health care workers, first responders, and other essential workers on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.
The flight started at noon in Rutherford County in Silver Hill, through Walter Hill and down to Murfreesboro. From there, the jets made their way to Smyrna, through Nolensville and over to Franklin.
Next, they went through Brentwood and made their way to Nashville, before circling back to Belle Meade, back again over Nashville and the Brentwood area before leaving Middle Tennessee.
The Blue Angels have been flying over cities across the country in recent weeks as part of the “America Strong” initiative.
Residents are asked to observe the flyover from the safety of their home quarantine and to maintain social distancing while viewing.
The Blue Angels have a special connection to many Middle Tennesseans. In 2016, Marine Captain Jeff Kuss was tragically killed during a practice flight ahead of the Great Tennessee Air Show in Smyrna. He was 32 years old.
The Blue Angels returned to the show for the first time since the crash last year. To honor the fallen captain, Smyrna built a memorial to Capt. Kuss across the street from the Smyrna airport.