It’s Fleet Week here in San Francisco. This means the Blue Angels are out and cruising the friendly skies. My job is right near Fisherman’s Wharf, so they are flying right over the building. I love it.
I grew up with fighter planes flying around the neighborhood. This comes from a Father in the US Air Force. Maybe they weren’t right overhead and doing teeth rattling maneuvers a couple hundred feet from my face but I was constantly aware of their presence. Today I’m feeling nostalgic. It’s funny what brings back childhood memories.
The Angels are only practicing right now, but it’s still a great opportunity to see some of the greatest flying in the modern world. This weekend is going to be crowded in San Francisco; if you’re planning on attending I don’t recommend driving! I do recommend getting in to the city though.
I wish they would practice at night, too. I haven’t fallen asleep to an afterburner in decades…
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- Mookee says (October 12th, 2005 at 09:58:11 )
Though to put a real fine point on it, they’re Navy planes, so I don’t feel nostaligic unless 1) it’s an Air Force plane or 2) if a Navy plane, it’s banging it’s tailhook on the flight deck, right over my head…literally sounds like someone dropping a 500 pound marble on cement…you get used to it, but it scares the shit out of you the first couple of days on cruise.
- dugh daren says (October 14th, 2005 at 07:47:12 )
Strangely enough it looked like the Thunderbirds were out there today. It was definately a fighter plane group. They are supposed to be out at Travis AFB this weekend, which isn’t too far away. More planes!
- douglas.nerad » Fleet Week 2006 says (October 5th, 2006 at 15:43:51 )
[...] Fleet Week 2006 life thoughts san francisco If you’re a residentof San Francisco be prepared for some noise this weekend. It’s the annual San Francisco Fleet Week. I’ve written before in veiled terms about my enthusiasm for jets and afterburners; I’m not going to address that. I am kind of surprised at one of my coworkers who seems mildly bitter that there are military planes in the city. [...]