Military Flyover to Mark Start of Fleet Week

By Alan Neuhauser on May 23, 2012 8:10am 

U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets practice their performance ahead of a Fleet Week air show in San Francisco, Calif. The jets will fly over the Hudson River on Wednesday to herald the start of Fleet Week.
U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets practice their performance ahead of a Fleet Week air show in San Francisco, Calif. The jets will fly over the Hudson River on Wednesday to herald the start of Fleet Week.
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NEW YORK — Plane enthusiasts, rejoice.

A military flyover Wednesday morning will hail the start of Fleet Week as naval warships make their way into New York City.

From 11:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., 19 aircraft will soar above the Hudson River as ships from 12 countries steam toward the city. They include:

The ships will be led by the FDNY's own historic Fireboat Harvey, according to the Fleet Week website.

Tall ships will proceed past the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island and the World Trade Center, starting at 8:11 a.m. Warships will follow the same route, starting at 10:39 a.m.

Both tall ships and warships will then pass the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum at Pier 86.

Fleet Week events then kick off Thursday morning with air shows, ship tours, equipment demonstrations, parades and more. For the full events schedule, visit the Fleet Week website by clicking here.

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