Blue Angels are Back ;)

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01 - embarcadero near pier 1
I remember in 2006 I drove up Fish Ranch Road to get a glimpse of the Blue Angels flying around San Francisco. They looked like flies in the sky from my view. I told myself, "Next year, I'm going to be down there at the Pier watching them fly". Well, I came close in 2007. John and I skipped being on the Pier and stood on the pedestrian bridge for a higher view :), and we could see everyone on the Pier standing shoulder to shoulder.

We got there pretty early to avoid traffic jams and parking problems. We got into the city around noon, walked around and watched a few ships come in. We got to the pedestran bridge by 12:30. Skies were clear and the sun was incredibly bright.
05 - little boat helping big boat
Too bad it wasn't very warm though. Again, almost everytime I'm in San Francisco, I was freezing my *** off. I hate being cold >:(

1 o'clock finally came, which meant the start of the airshow, and I could see a little plane flying across the Golden Gate. And then more came. Team Oracle and the Collaborators were good starters. They did little tricks such as loops and spiraling downward as if the plane was hit. There were times where it looked as if they were flying under the Golden Gate bridge, but I think that's illegal and my eyes were playing tricks on me.

A funny part of the show was when a larger, faster jet was chasing a little fighter plane around the bay. The little plane won, hehe :)

The Patriot Jets with their Red, White and Blue trails of smoke zoomed across the sky.
24 - patriots
They were a lot faster than Team Oracle and the Collaborators. The 4 of them would convene together over the water and then fly past Alcatraz while they blew out red, white and blue. The Patriots weren't as fast as the F-16 Viper or F-22 Raptor. I don't remember those two having very long flying times, but I definitely thought they were cool. I like fast jets.

And then... Fat Albert. Or so I think it was Fat Albert. I overheard the lady standing next to me explaining to her daughter that Fat Albert was here. Fat Albert was this humongous plane...and very slow. It looked like a flying whale. The mother continued explaining to her daughter that if you see Fat Albert, that means the Blue Angels are about to come. Fat Albert's role is to screen the area, making sure conditions are met before the Blue Angels can perform.
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By the time Fat Albert finished roaming the area, I was practically numb from the cold air. Being in mid-air on a bridge had me colder than being on the ground. There were no buildings to block the wind. It was horrible! I couldn't feel my hands or fingers. I was like, crap...how am I going to continue taking pictures?

Fat Albert left and the Blue Angels show began. It was so awesome to see them fly so close above the water right past Alcatraz. I loved the sound they made when they flew right over my head. I know some people protested against the show because of the noise, but to me, that's a part of what makes the show. The sight and sound of the Blue Angels is a combination that just goes together (IMO). I can't imagine watching them without the "WOOOSH".
65 - sf buildings, looking up
The Blue Angels did tricks in diamond formation and also split up with individual stunts. One Angel flew straight up and then straight down - man, if only I could have a chance to be a part of that ride.

It didn't feel long at all by the time the show ended. I was like, that's it? No more? *sigh* At least I was able to get a few good shots with my near-useless hands. John and I then headed back down Embarcadero towards Pier 1. We grabbed a late lunch/early dinner at Thai Osha, which was great, and took pictures of buildings in SF. It was such a beautiful day that you could see a reflection of one building on another! Then went home to relax and watch a movie.

Next year, I'm aiming to watch the show from the Marina/Chrissy fields area. I think that view will be even better. And hopefully, I'll have a SLR with gloves on my hands for better pictures!

For more on Fleet Week's 2007 Air Show performers: http://gosanfrancisco.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=gosanfrancisco&cdn=travel&tm=102&gps=210_818_1276_633&f=00&su=p531.31.152.ip_p531.29.420.ip_p284.8.150.ip_&tt=2&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.military.com/Content/MoreContent1/1%2C%2Cfleetweek_acts%2C00.html
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01 - embarcadero near pier 1
01 - embarcadero near pier 1
05 - little boat helping big boat
05 - little boat helping big boat
24 - patriots
24 - patriots
36 - blue angels
36 - blue angels
65 - sf buildings, looking up
65 - sf buildings, looking up
00 - pier 1
00 - pier 1
02 - cute
02 - cute
03 - teatro zinzanni off embarcade…
03 - teatro zinzanni off embarcad…
04 - intersting...
04 - intersting...
06 - loops over golden gate
06 - loops over golden gate
07 - im going down...not!
07 - i'm going down...not!
08 - planes
08 - planes
09 - flying past alcatraz
09 - flying past alcatraz
10 - plane
10 - plane
11 - whos gonna win this race?
11 - who's gonna win this race?
12 - view from the bridge im stan…
12 - view from the bridge i'm sta…
13 - flying over bay bridge
13 - flying over bay bridge
14 - i think this was the f-22 rap…
14 - i think this was the f-22 ra…
15 - raptor (i think)
15 - raptor (i think)
16 - patriots
16 - patriots
17 - patriots
17 - patriots
18 - patriots
18 - patriots
19 - patriots over the bay
19 - patriots over the bay
20 - patriots
20 - patriots
21 - patriots and alcatraz
21 - patriots and alcatraz
22 - heart with an arrow <3
22 - heart with an arrow <3
23 - patriots
23 - patriots
25 - san francisco
25 - san francisco
26 - fat albert
26 - fat albert
27 - blue angels entrance
27 - blue angels entrance
28 - blue angels
28 - blue angels
29 - blue angels and alcatraz
29 - blue angels and alcatraz
30 - blue angels over bay bridge
30 - blue angels over bay bridge
31 - flying over the bay
31 - flying over the bay
32 - blue angels and alcatraz
32 - blue angels and alcatraz
33 - blue angel going up!
33 - blue angel going up!
34 - blue angels
34 - blue angels
35 - blue angels
35 - blue angels
37 - blue angels
37 - blue angels
38 - blue angels
38 - blue angels
39 - blue angels
39 - blue angels
40 - blue angels stunt
40 - blue angels stunt
41 - show offs ;0)
41 - show offs ;0)
42 - blue angels
42 - blue angels
43 - blue angels
43 - blue angels
44 - blue angels
44 - blue angels
45 - pier 39
45 - pier 39
46 - blue angels right above me
46 - blue angels right above me
47 - blue angels in the city
47 - blue angels in the city
48 - blue angels
48 - blue angels
49 - blue angels
49 - blue angels
50 - blue angels
50 - blue angels
51 - blue angel
51 - blue angel
52 - bye bye blue angels
52 - bye bye blue angels
53 - leaving pier 39...its packed!
53 - leaving pier 39...it's packed!
54 - pier 39
54 - pier 39
55 - skygate sculpture by roger ba…
55 - skygate sculpture by roger b…
56 - bay bridge
56 - bay bridge
57 - sf buildings
57 - sf buildings
58 - pier 1
58 - pier 1
59 - embarcadero center
59 - embarcadero center
60 - thai osha for late lunch
60 - thai osha for late lunch
61 - sf buildings, looking up
61 - sf buildings, looking up
62 - sf buildings, looking up
62 - sf buildings, looking up
63 - sf buildings, looking up
63 - sf buildings, looking up
64 - sf buildings, looking up
64 - sf buildings, looking up
66 - sf buildings, looking up
66 - sf buildings, looking up
67 - condo construction
67 - condo construction
68 - more condo construction
68 - more condo construction
69 - and another condo construction
69 - and another condo construction
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