The Salute to America flyover announced last week to help celebrate the United States’ 244th birthday will pass Fort McHenry in Baltimore at approximately 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
According to a Department of Defense statement released Thursday, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps jets will fly in five waves. The flyovers will be led by the Air Force Thunderbirds, followed by B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-15 and F-22 fighters and Marine Corps F-35 fighters.
The “Great Cities of the American Revolution” tribute will begin at about 4 p.m. in Boston, with a flyover near the USS Constitution and Fenway Park. It will reach New York City’s Hudson River and Statue of Liberty at roughly 5 p.m., then arrive at approximately 5:15 p.m. near Philadelphia’s Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
Then it’s on to Baltimore.
The aircraft are scheduled to overfly Fort McHenry at approximately 5:30 p.m., approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground. Multiple aircraft will pass by the fort — known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British — before turning south out of the city.
From there, the planes will join other Department of Defense and heritage aircraft over Washington. The day’s tribute will include a flyover of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
According to a news release last Friday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper approved the request from the Department of Interior to involve about 1,700 military members to help support the celebrations.
“The flyovers provide an opportunity for DOD to demonstrate the capabilities and professionalism of the United States Armed Forces,” the department said in last week’s release. “Flying hours are a sunk cost for the Department of Defense, and these aircraft and crews would be using these hours for proficiency and training at other locations if they were not conducting these flyovers.”