Blue Angels are Back ;)
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October 6th, 2007 – by: madeleine
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.
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.
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.
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".
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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