Drone light show by Verge Aero honors frontline workers

On the evening of April 28, Verge Aero, a leader in high performance drone light shows, delivered an aerial tribute at the University of Pennsylvania campus, not far from the company’s offices at Pennovation Works. As part of the local #PhillyShinesBlue campaign and the global #LightItBlue campaign, the display was created to honor and show appreciation for health care professionals and first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Approximately 140 illuminated drones flew in formations above the iconic Franklin Field stadium featuring images on the current environment and sharing hope and love for better days ahead. There were also reminders to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing. Frontline professionals viewing the show from nearby at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, and beyond, saw messages that inspired, entertained, and thanked them for all their efforts supporting, protecting, and saving lives in our community. 

“The show was planned to ensure maximum visibility for those inside the hospital and allow them to view the show while maintaining social distance,” says Verge Aero CEO Nils Thorjussen. “This was an opportunity for us to donate our resources and expertise to stand in solidarity with these brave heroes, and convey the thanks of the American people. We are profoundly grateful for their tireless work, dedication, and sacrifice.” 

Site logistics for the show were coordinated with the support of staff members in Penn’s Divisions of Public Safety, Environmental Health, Facilities & Real Estate Services, Athletics, and PennSTAR.

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