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[By California Beat | 13 Oct 2008 | No Comments]

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Check out these Beat photographs from this weekend of the air show above San Francisco. Here we see the Blue Angels, the Canadian Snowbirds and other planes who participated in the weekend event.

Stay with the Beat. We’ll bring you more photos and a full Fleet Week recap soon!

[By California Beat | 12 Oct 2008 | No Comments]

SAN FRANCISCO – Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined San Francisco’s northern waterfront to watch the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels and accompanying stunt pilots tear through city skies today.

Despite the canceled Parade of Ships event that was slated to take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., spectators flowed into the Marina Green to watch the Canadian Snowbirds practice aerial moves that defied gravity.

Two of the four ships that were scheduled to sail into San Francisco Bay were delayed by rough seas, organizers announced Friday evening, delaying thier arrival into the city by a day. The assault carrier Bonhomme Richard and the frigate Pinkney will arrive Sunday morning.

[By California Beat | 11 Oct 2008 | No Comments]

Fleet Week organizers have canceled Saturday’s Parade of Ships ceremony because two Naval Ships that were slated to appear in the 11:30 a.m. event on San Francisco Bay have been delayed due to unfavorable sea conditions that set them behind schedule, the San Francisco Chronicle reported this evening.

The Chronicle reported that the two U.S. Naval ships – the the assault carrier Bonhomme Richard and the frigate Pinkney – will arrive in San Francisco Bay early Sunday morning instead. A mini-ceremony featuring the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien and Coast Guard cutter Bertholf will take place in lieu of tomorrow’s grand affair with all four ships.

The Air Show led by Team Oracle stunt pilots and the Canadian Force’s Snowbirds will continue as planned tomorrow starting at 12:30 p.m. The Blue Angels will fly from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday.

[By California Beat | 11 Oct 2008 | No Comments]

Friday Evening Update: BREAKING NEWS: Fleet Week Parade of Ships canceled – Navy ships delayed by rough seas

Friday Afternoon Update: Photograph of the Blue Angels taken around 3:00 p.m. from Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill. The ear-splitting roar of the Angels got the attention of nearly everyone on city streets today in preparation for the weekend’s festivities. Along the Marina Green, tents and seating have been laid out, Navy recruiters have their fighter-jet simulation unit out, and signs along the Embarcadero are already warning of delays because of all the people anticipated to be out there.

[By California Beat | 9 Oct 2008 | 2 Comments]

Not everyone is looking forward to seeing the Blue Angels in town today. Complaints, ranging from the migraine-inducing roar of the jets to concerns over veterans who may see a resurgence of PTSD symptoms are being levied by a myriad of individuals who take issue with the city’s annual Fleet Week festivities slated to draw hundreds of thousands of spectators into San Francisco.

Tim Redmond over at the San Francisco Bay Guardian includes a fascinating e-mail sent to a local TV station in a post on the Politics Blog. It ticks off everything that’s wrong about the Blue Angels zipping over their heads.

[By California Beat | 8 Oct 2008 | One Comment]

Read about the best places to watch Fleet Week festivities here. And why will some viewing spots be closed off to the public here.

By Tim Jue / Beat Staff Writer

Word to the wise: getting around in San Francisco for Fleet Week this weekend is going to be tough.

So tough in fact that when you factor in the angst from sitting in traffic, the high cost of gas, and circling the block a dozen times to find that elusive parking spot – you might just feel like calling it quits. Fleet Week organizers and city officials are warning spectators about this already – the Embarcadero will turn into a parking lot, metered parking will be scarce (and expensive), and private parking lot operators on the waterfront are hauling out the poster board to Sharpie in “All Day Parking – $25.”

They’re recommending that you take public transportation to Fleet Week festivities …

[By California Beat | 8 Oct 2008 | No Comments]


Saturday Afternoon Update: Pier 7, listed as one of the best places to view the Angels, has been fenced off. An alternative location is from the incline to Fort Mason nearby Aquatic Park on the city’s northern waterfront.

Friday Evening Update: BREAKING NEWS: Fleet Week Parade of Ships canceled – Navy ships delayed by rough seas

By Tim Jue / Beat Staff Writer

So yesterday, we reported that a couple of the options for viewing Fleet Week festivities this year were taken off the table over safety concerns about the structural integrity of the Municipal Pier at San Francisco’s Aquatic Park and the gigantic Grandstand structure that looms in the shadow of Ghirardelli Square.

In years past, both places served to accomodate tens of thousands of Fleet Week spectators eager to get a unique vantage point to see the airshow and fighter …

[By California Beat | 7 Oct 2008 | One Comment]

Wednesday Update: For a full breakdown of the Beat’s recommended locations for watching all the Fleet Week festivities this weekend, click here.

By Tim Jue / Beat Staff Writer

The Blue Angels from the US Navy’s arsenal of aerial acrobatic fighter jets roared into San Francisco International Airport this afternoon, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on its website. They landed at approximately 2:30 p.m. today after whisking over the city and preparing to signal the start of Fleet Week – a five day military celebration starting on Thursday when the blue and gold FA/18-Hornet jets begin practice flights at noon, according to the Chronicle.

More practice flights will occur on Friday when other planes, including the Canadian Forces’ Snowbirds join the Blue Angels in flight over San Francisco. The real show begins on Saturday when a handful of renowned stunt pilots will awe crowds at Fort Mason when they zip through the …

[By California Beat | 2 Oct 2008 | No Comments]

In one week from today, you’d better stock up on earplugs. The Blue Angels come to town starting Oct. 9 as part of San Francisco’s annual Fleet Week celebrations – an informal military pride weekend showcasing whirlwind aerial acrobatics from military fighter jets, scores of naval vessels docking in the city and tributes to the men and women serving in our armed forces. Fleet Week in San Francisco has been taking place every year since 1981.

For some reason, people in liberal San Francisco move to the center a little bit when Fleet Week comes around. Perhaps it’s the roar of the F-16s tearing through the bay skies that can be heard all around town – or maybe it’s the parade of ships from the US and Canadian armed forces coming under the magnificent Golden Gate.