May 2, 2020 - Politics & Policy

In photos: Blue Angels and Thunderbirds pay tribute to coronavirus caregivers

In this image, the blue angels fly past the Lincoln Monument
The Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly over the National Mall on May 2 in Washington, DC. Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds paid tribute to first responders and other health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, flying over Baltimore, Washington and Atlanta on Saturday.

The big picture: Health care workers are at especially high risk of catching the coronavirus, because of their prolonged exposure to patients who have it. Between 10% and 20% of doctors, nurses and other health care workers are infected, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found in mid-April.

In this image, people lay on a hill while waiting for the Blue Angels to fly over.
A crowd lingers on a hill in Baltimore, Maryland, after watching the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels perform a flyover on May 2. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images
In this image, elderly people sit in a field
People gather in a park to watch the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds fly over Washington, D.C. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images
In this image, the Blue Angles fly past the CNN headquarters
The Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds fly around Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park on May 2. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
This image is a closeup of the planes flying
The Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds fly over Atlanta on May 2. Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images
In this image, people sit on a hill and point at the planes
A crowd watches in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 2. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images
A crowd watches the planes
The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds streak through the skies over Washington, D.C. on May 2. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images
The planes fly past the Washington monument
The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds climb behind the Washington Monument on May 2. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images
The planes fly over the Reflecting Pool in the national mall
The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds jet over the Lincoln Memorial on May 2. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

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