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Friday, October 10, 2008

Coming Up: Fleet Week and Blue Angels

I love the Blue Angels – in my pre-kid days when I lived in San Francisco and worked downtown, the corner office came in very handy during Fleet Week. I’d feel the room shake, before hearing thundering noises and finally seeing the Blue Angels zip past during practice. Yeah, like I needed another excuse to look out the window instead of working!

The Blue Angels will perform Friday through Sunday as part of Fleet Week, from 3-4 each of those days, over the Bay. My favorite place to watch: the Golden Gate Bridge or Crissy Field. Or find a rich friend with a yacht to take you out onto the water.

We went last year near the Ferry Plaza. Apparently you can watch from the Ferry Plaza roof, but we didn’t know that. We were on the street further north, and did see the planes whizzing by, but our views weren’t great.

On Saturday there’s a parade of ships from 11:30-12:30. If you’re interested in touring the big ships, get in line early on Sunday. The wait can be 90 minutes or more. Ship tours are Sunday from 11-4. Don’t arrive at 2:00 and think you’ll get on (the gates will be closed already because of the line). Air show practices starting around 12:30, so even if you miss the real show, you can still enjoy the practice.

What: Fleet Week – Blue Angels show
When: Friday-Sunday, October 10-12
Where: San Francisco Bay
Cost: Free

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