Even though the grounding of combat squadrons and the Thunderbirds ended yesterday, the Air Force is still not doing flyovers for sporting events, and the New York Police Department picked up some of the slack.
At the MLB All Star Game last night at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y., the NYPD’s aviation unit provided four helicopters for the flyover at the end of the National Anthem. In previous years, the Air Force has done many of the flyovers. Last year, a B-2 Spirit from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flew over Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City for the All Star Game (video below).
The Air Force hasn’t said when it will start flyovers, but crews could be in the air for next year’s midsummer classic in Minneapolis.