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Blue Angels Roar Through San Francisco Sky

Blue Angels soar over the San Francisco Bay (Oct. 8, 2016).

More than a million people are pouring into San Francisco this weekend for the 36th annual Fleet Week, and many are here just for the United States Navy’s Blue Angels.

The big air shows kicked off with an incredible demonstration Friday afternoon and continued into Saturday before the festive weekend wraps up Sunday.


The Blue Angels on Saturday treated spectators to a dazzling display of precision flying and pulse-pounding fun. (Published Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016)

The Blue Angels, who are celebrating their 70th anniversary this year, took to the skies Saturday along with the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor, the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF-18 and the Breitling Jet Team, of France.

Either bunched together in tight formations or flying solo, the planes dazzled crowds by twisting and turning through the blue October sky at high speeds.

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While interested spectators get a close up view of the military aircraft, they are warned to keep their own aerial devices out of the San Francisco sky.

Viewers are allowed to take photographs from the ground, but no drones are allowed with a five mile radius of the Embarcadero. Anyone caught using a drone could be fined up to $10,000.


Fleet Week roared into San Francisco on Thursday with the Blue Angels’ practice runs over the bay. (Published Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016)

For those interested in catching the Blue Angels in action before they head out of town, the group will conclude San Francisco Fleet Week with an appearance at 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

For more information about Fleet Week, visit www.fleetweeksf.org.

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