October 11, 2010

Blue Angels, Golden Gate

They’re considered to be the highlight of San Francisco’s Fleet Week air show: the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s elite flight demonstration squadron. And while I’m not a big fan of military displays, the pilots’ precision and command of their planes certainly demand respect. On top of that, it’s a very photogenic show - if, naturally, rather risky. 23 pilots have lost their lives in 54 accidents since 1946.

 Four of the Fab Six flying in formation...

...before one of many break-ups.

“Fat Albert”, the C130 Hercules transport plane that announces the Angels’ arrival at the beginning of each show. Here on approach and over the San Francisco Bay.

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