Despite the fog, Blue Angels put on show of US military might, aerial acrobatics in the Bay Area sky

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — It has become one of San Francisco’s most famous and loudest traditions: The Blue Angels air show, entitled San Francisco Fleet Week.

The Blue Angels take to the skies between the Golden Gate and Alcatraz for a show of US military might and aerial acrobatics.

“We lived on the other side of the bay, Moffet Field. And my dad, he liked to go to the Blue Angels. So we continue,” said Wendy Nesbit, who now lives in Fremont.

Fleet Week in San Francisco was started in 1981 by then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein. It has become the largest celebration of the year for the United States Armed Forces.

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The air show may have become an annual tradition for Nesbit’s family, but this year she says the fog made it difficult to see and shortened the show.

“It was supposed to be a nice day today. That’s why we came. It was cold and foggy. And I think they missed some things because of the fog,” he said.

Fleet Week is expected to draw more than a million visitors to San Francisco and generate about $10 million in revenue for the city as it emerges from the pandemic.

“These are the kinds of things you see on TV, and it’s really cool to be out there and see them in person,” said Sayra Yepez, an Oakland resident who came out with her family.

This is the second time that Humberto Arevalo attends Fleet Week. The weather was a problem for some, but that wasn’t his biggest complaint.

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“City services, not a lot of bathrooms. Things like that. I think they need more police (because it was great). But it’s OK. It’s San Francisco. We understand,” Arevalo said, quickly pointing. that he and his friends still felt safe.

“I like the noise,” said Scott Richardson, who is often one of the biggest critics of the event. She made the trip from Patterson with her parents and her 5-year-old son.

Ronald Oliver was excited to go out to his first Blue Angels show. But he admits he will go home a little disappointed, especially because of the fog.

“I think it was cloudy today and (the Blue Angels) weren’t able to do much. I was hoping to see a lot more,” Oliver said. “Maybe next year. I’ll be back next year.”

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