Blue Impulse flies over Tokyo to thank medical staff in coronavirus battle


The Air Self-Defense Force’s Blue Impulse acrobatics team on Friday performed a flyover over central Tokyo in a show of respect to doctors and medical staff who have been at the forefront of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

During the roughly 20-minute show from 12:40 p.m., six of the team’s fighter jets, trailing white smoke against the blue sky, circled the capital’s downtown areas twice, tracing a figure eight. They also flew over some of the hospitals that are treating coronavirus patients.

Not only medical workers but also many Tokyoites were seen waving at the jets from the streets, the top of buildings and condominiums.

Given that the bodies of the jets are partly painted blue, the show was associated with the Light it Blue campaign, which has swept across many parts of the world to honor the efforts of medical workers since the outbreak of the virus late last year.

The acrobatic team was conducting a flyover in Tokyo for the first time since May 31, 2014, when it performed during a farewell event for the old National Stadium, according to the ASDF.

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