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This past weekend, over a million San Francisco Bay Area residents flocked to the city’s waterfront to watch the impressive airshows staged by the Blue Angels, the US Navy’s flight demonstration squadron that comprises aviators from both the Navy and the Marines. They were not disappointed.
The six expert fighter pilots, who spent hundreds of hours practicing the routines before the public show, began with maneuvers that were far apart from each other. Once warmed up, they started flying in perfect formations and, at various points during the airshow, the airplanes were a mere 18 inches away from one another! In addition to the Blue Angels, visitors were also treated to air show performances by Leap Frogs, Air Force F16, the Canadian Snowbirds and even United Airlines!
The spectacular aeronautic displays, which mesmerized visitors from 2:00-4:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, were part of the Fleet Week celebrations held from October 1 - 9. An annual San Francisco tradition since 1981, the event offers civilians the rare opportunity to tour active amphibious carriers, destroyers, and cruisers and meet with the brave men and women of the US Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
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