Posts Tagged ‘fleet week’

Fleet Week 2008 a Huge Success in San Francisco

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Here are photos from San Francisco’s Fleet Week air show on Sunday, October 12, 2008. Here’s what it looked like the day before and years past.

Despite being called The Patriots, this flight team uses Russkie-designed jets. Hmmm. Anyway, the backseater doesn’t look too happy. Click to expand:

From Ogden with love. This Viper West U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon based out of Hill Air Force Base in Utah shows us all what full afterbuner looks like.

Look at them shock waves as the F-18 Hornet approaches the speed of sound. Apparently, “the public generally responds negatively to sonic booms“, but I think we could handle it. The sound would be like this.

Just when you get one into focus, the other one squirms away…

The 12-year-old Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM lens – still working after all these years:

Somewhere down there is the Maltese Falcon.

All right, see you next year!

Blue Angels Return to San Francisco – Fleet Week 2008

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

The best place to see the Blue Angels during Fleet Week must be atop the North Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. Here’s what it looked like on Saturday, October 11, 2008.

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Glowing edge…

…or not, your choice:

And an oldie from 2005, high above California’s I-80 Interstate:

Fleet Week 2008 – Saturday’s Parade of Ships Cancelled

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Due to “unfavorable water conditions” [srsly] the Parade of Ships skedded for tomorrow morning isn’t going to happen, per the U.S. Navy:  

“The Parade of Fleet Week Ships that was scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 11, 2008, has been cancelled.  Due to unfavorable water conditions, the U.S. Navy regretfully advises that the ships will instead arrive on the morning of Sunday, October 12, 2008.

“The flight schedule for Fleet Week 2008 will remain the same, including the Blue Angels flying Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Ship tours may be delayed slightly.”

Bummer. More details from Carl Nolte.

via Photostream of Telstar Logistics / Todd Lapin

San Francisco’s Fleet Week 2008, Starring the Navy’s Blue Angels

Friday, October 10th, 2008

October has arrived, so it’s time for another Fleet Week in San Francisco. What’s Fleet Week?

Fleet Week is a United States Navy, United States Marine Corps and United States Coast Guard tradition in which active military ships recently deployed in overseas operations dock in a variety of major cities for one week. Once the ships dock, the crews can enter the city and visit its tourist attractions. At certain hours, the public can take a guided tour of the ships. Often, Fleet Week is accompanied by military demonstrations and airshows such as provided by the Blue Angels.

O.K. then. See some photos of Fleet Weeks past and also this weekend’s schedule below.

Alcatraz. Click to expand:

An F-86 with an F-15:

The Snow Birds will also come back in 2008:

Fisherman’s Wharf:



Parade of Fleet Week Ships


Blue Angels

Air Show


“Festival at the Fort”
Fort Mason

Rockin’ at Ghirardelli Square

PIER 39 Music Festival




Ship Tours

Air Show

 Blue Angels

 Italian Heritage Day Parade aka Indigenous Peoples’ Day, aka Columbus Day

 “Festival at the Fort”
 Fort Mason

  Rockin’ at Ghirardelli Square

  PIER 39 Music Festival

See you there!


This year’s sponsors:


The Air Show Network

Consulate General of Canada


Team Oracle

Lucas Oil

Virgin America


The San Francisco Examiner

CW Bay Area

Pier 39

Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco

Fort Mason Center

Doubletree Hotel
San Francisco Airport

Black Diamond Brewing

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly

Signature Flight Support

Argonaut Hotel



Port of San Francisco

San Francisco Marina

National Park Service

San Francisco
International Airport

Seven Hills Group