Fleet Week, San Francisco, 2010

This is a practice session on the Friday before the weekend air show for the
US Navy's Fleet Week celebration in San Francisco (Oct., 2010). We're here to see
the Blue Angels fly and this year we were not disappointed. Last year's show was
cut short by fog rolling in over the Golden Gate. It was a beautiful day on the
bay, this picture showing the federal penitentiary on Alcatraz Island, with the Coast Guard
keeping the channel clear of boats so the planes can fly low over the water.
(Equipment: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 70-300mm zoom lens)

The "Potomac" was FDR's yacht, apparently, and it was out for the festivities.
There is more than the usual tourist activity at the prison today (for the air show).

Here's something we don't see every day - a 747 "buzzing" the Golden Gate Bridge!
Well, we don't see fighter jets doing that either ... 'til today.

Here comes "Fat Albert", the Blue Angels' support plane, a C-130 cargo plane.

Here they come ... the Blue Angels - enjoy the show!

The traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge is not stopped or altered in any way
for this air show. I wonder how many accidents are caused by people casually
driving across the bridge only to be confronted by a group of fighter jets
skimming over the top of the roadway at several hundred miles an hour!

Thanks for viewing, hope you enjoyed the show!

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