Heads Up: Two Hornets Will Fly Low Over the Hudson Friday

Two F/A-18 Hornets, supersonic military jets, will be flying over the Hudson River Friday at about 5 p.m., according to a message from NYPD.

Today at approximately 5 PM, a flight of two US Navy F/A-18 aircraft will fly over the Hudson River, north to the Tappan Zee Bridge, then fly south and near the Verrazano Bridge. The aircraft will fly between 2,500-3,000 feet.

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    1. francesca says:

      For the fun of it?

    2. Rafaela says:


    3. BillyNYC says:

      This will be only an exercise for an possible terrorist attack on Manhattan.
      Similar testing in Los Angeles and Washington DC will be performed today as well.

    4. Rob says:


      • Bruce Bernstein says:

        i’m just curious as to what about this makes us thankful and proud. that’s not a rhetorical question.

        • Mariella Dearman says:

          THANK YOU for that! Wondering the same thing myself

        • OriginalMark says:

          I think if you don’t just automatically and unquestioningly agree then you are not a real American.

        • Jeff Berger says:

          How about proud that we have men and women who are willing to defend our country, day and night 365. Those planes are there to protect you and your city from attack. They are dangerous and difficult planes to fly, requiring a crew to keep them in the air to a standard that is greater than commercial airlines. The men and women who fly them are not paid a lot and work under difficult circumstances, sometimes they are away from the families for months at a time. Yes, Bruce we should be very proud and very grateful.

          • Ted says:

            What you say is true. And the pilots don’t pick the missions. But, it’s intrusive and unnecessary to have fighters screaming up the Hudson a few times a year. That has nothing to do with respecting or appreciating members of the armed forces. It has to do with not alarming the population of the city.

            Let’s say your right and it has to be done for readiness. The least they could do is plaster it everywhere so I don’t feel ill if I missed the blurb in the WSR.

            • peterpan says:

              “fighters screaming up the Hudson…..” Did you happen to be outside when they flew by. I was, and I can tell you that the helicopters flying tourists all around make more noise then these fighters to.

              I’ll take a little inconvenience a few times a year in the name of protection.

          • OriginalMark says:

            Jeff Berger – what you describe makes us fortunate but not unique. All countries with a military have men and women willing to do that work.
            “Proud” is a word that is often misused. Where does the “pride” part of this come in?

          • N Ashby says:


      • geoff says:

        me too. people do their jobs. they might be proud of the way they do their jobs—that’s the best thing i can think of. thankful? i just don’t get it.

    5. David says:

      At least they’re telling us about it. Usually fixed wing and helicopters scream by without any notification.

      • Cyrus says:

        David, agreed there are flyovers in the City quite often. However, there is a system for notification that you should sign up for. It’s called Notify NYC and you will receive text and/or email notifications for this type of thing. I receive these types of notices regularly.

    6. Richard says:

      The “why” is not important. I believe this notice is simply a courtesy so that hundreds of antsy New Yorkers don’t freak out assuming something terrible is happening.

    7. robert says:

      If you pay attn. these familiarization flights have been going on over must major cities since before 9/11. But because of 9/11 nyc & DC flight have been increased, is usually a flight every two weeks or so.

      I’ll send them in to WSR when we get ’em, and can realse at 26 Federal

    8. GG says:

      Just the calm before the storm…right? Oy!

    9. Tim says:

      Duly noted and observed at approximately 1700hrs Friday a two ship formation of F 18 hornets flying south…

    10. B Caracciolo says:

      And by the way, not for nothing, it costs roughly $11,000/hr to fly one of these things. Also, jet fuel has a very short shelf-life. Better to use it up than see it go to waste, right?