Every year in October, San Francisco Fleet Week honors the contributions of the people of the United States Armed Forces while advancing cooperation and knowledge among civilian- and military-based Humanitarian Assistance personnel.
While last year’s Fleet Week had to be virtual due to the pandemic, it’s back in-person this year!
From October 3-11, 2021, Fleet Week events include the Parade of Ships, ship tours, Navy & Marine Corps band performances, and, of course, the popular air show!
The Blue Angels, a flight demonstration squadron of the U.S. Navy, will fly their new aircraft, the F-18 Super Hornet, between the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz on October 8-10, 2021.
In the meantime, it’ll be a noisy few days. No complaints, though, as it’s such a sight to behold as they practice their impressive aerial maneuvers!
Since 2015, the Blue Angels have used Oakland International Airport (OAK) as their home base during San Francisco Fleet Week. I caught a glimpse of the Blue Angels during one of their practice sessions on Monday afternoon.
Fun fact: Formed in 1946, the Blue Angels unit is the second oldest formal aerobatic team in the world, after the French Patrouille de France, which was formed in 1931.