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Where to see Thursday’s 24-jet military air show from Brooklyn

The Thunderbirds Delta formation performs a flat pass while flying past the Empire State Building in New York City, New York, Sept. 17, 2018. The Thunderbirds were returning home to Nellis Air Force Base from New Windsor, New York, where they performed two air shows the weekend before the flyover of the city. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Ned T. Johnston)

Brooklynites will be treated to a spectacular military air show on Thursday morning, when 24 jets trailing red, white and blue smoke will zoom in formation down the Hudson River towards the Statue of Liberty.

Make sure you’re in position before the 9:30 a.m. start time so you don’t miss the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the F-35 Lightning II Demo Team and the Royal Air Force Red Arrows from the United Kingdom in this lightning-fast, four-team precision demonstration. The show will last all of ten minutes.

This is the first time that all four military flight teams have performed their death-defying feats together at the same time, and it’s been more than a decade since the U.K.’s Red Arrows came to North America.

Today, the 10th July, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team took part in the Centenary Flypast over Buckingham Palace in London. Up to 100 Aircraft took part in the celebration with the nine Hawk T1s of the Red Arrows being the finale of the occasion.
This Image was taken during the recovery break to land at RAF Scampton following the flypast. The maneuvre known as ‘Spaghetti Break’ requires the aircraft to flip upside down in a diamond formation before splitting in different directions and pulling up to prepare to land.
Taken from the rear seat of Red 8 this Image shows the upside down phase of that manoeuvre.

Spectators in Brooklyn will be able to view the flyover from any area where they can see the airspace just north of the Statue of Liberty, including Red Hook, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, parts of Brooklyn Bridge Park, sections of Sunset Park, rooftops and balconies along the waterfront and the Brooklyn Bridge walkway. (Governors Island does not open until 10 a.m. — so that’s not an option.)

Dubbed the Hudson Flight, the air show will be also be viewable from Manhattan and New Jersey waterfront areas.

The teams will approach the Statue of Liberty from the north along the Hudson in a procession of four different formations.

The Blue Angels will lead in six-aircraft-delta formation (where the jets’ wingtips are less than three feet apart), followed by the Red Arrows in their signature big battle nine-aircraft-wide formation. Two F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters will trail the Red Arrows, followed by the Thunderbirds in their delta formation.

The Thunderbirds pilots fly over New York City, New York, Sept. 2, 2016. The Thunderbirds are performing at the 2016 New York Air Show in New Windsor, N.Y. Sept. 3-4.(U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Boitz)

As they approach the Statue of Liberty, the formations will all make a sweeping right turn and then proceed back up the river. They will make a pass over West Point Military Academy prior to landing back at New York Stewart International Airport.

“Our jets will have white smoke, but the RAF Red Arrows will have red, white and blue smoke,” US Air Force spokesperson SSgt. Stephanie Englar told the Brooklyn Eagle.

While the jets are capable of flying around 1,500 mph, they will being flying around 350 mph for the demonstration, she said.

The precision teams are making this flight in advance of the New York Air Show on Aug. 24-25.

“This is a truly historic opportunity,” Bryan Lilley, chairman of the New York International Air Show, said in a statement. “Never before have we had all these signature military demonstration teams in one place at one time to be able orchestrate something like this. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime event.”