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Blue Angels Buzzing the Bay in Practice for Fleet Week

Keep your eyes and ears peeled, Novato ... the Navy jets might be screaming over your house.


The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels are roaring over parts of the Bay Area on Thursday afternoon as San Francisco Fleet Week gets under way.

The squadron will be rehearsing between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to prepare for air shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The annual aerial displays over the bay can be seen from San Francisco and parts of the East Bay, the Peninsula and Marin County.

But as many Bay Area residents know, the Blue Angels are sometimes heard before they are seen — the F/A-18 Hornets' startling rumble is often the first sign that they are nearby.

While the noise can be scary to humans, it is terrifying to many animals.

"On a weekend like this, Fleet Week, we advise people to keep animals indoors," San Francisco SPCA spokeswoman Krista Maloney said.

Maloney said the sound of the fighter jets passing overhead makes dogs and other animals run and hide, and sometimes get lost.

She advised those taking their dogs outside to keep them on a leash and equip the pets with an easy-to-track-down collar, tags, and a microchip in case they run off.

"It's not a good time to go to the dog park when the Blue Angels are out," she said.

Fleet Week officially started this morning with military personnel convening at Piers 30/32 to overview disaster preparedness, response and recovery in San Francisco.

The air shows are part of a series of Fleet Week activities that includes a Parade of Ships sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday morning and military ship tours along San Francisco's southern waterfront through Monday.

— Bay City News Service

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Rico October 05, 2012 at 12:24 AM
I heard that racket roaring over Mill Valley at about 4:00 pm. I did not bother to look up, as I think that the whole show is a flagrant waste of our tax money, wastes tons of fuel, puts out endless hydrocarbons, makes far too much noise and ruins the quiet of some areas away from the urban areas. I do wonder what motivates this kind of tax payer waste ? Do people feel safe when a group of jets fly over areas that they are not normally allowed too ? Does it make taxpayers feel good and remind us of how much money the military/prison industrial complex costs us all, for no ROI ? Does it make all of us run to the government/corporations and beg them to accept more tax money from us to support their shows ?
Sharon Salisbury October 05, 2012 at 02:41 AM
I'm with you, Ricardo. Everyone complains about the deficit, paying taxes... but most people love the Blue Angels without thinking. I don't like the militaristic hubris of the show and I can only imagine the carnage that would ensue if just one pilot miscalculated by even a hair. And for what??? To tell the world, once again, don't tread on me?
leslie reiber October 05, 2012 at 04:42 AM
I love seeing the Blue Angels! Hey, we've already paid for them, we're going to have to keep paying for them, the technology and training are amazing -- so why not enjoy the rare chance we get to see them (it's the least they can do). They're awesome! WE BUILT THAT.
Sharon Salisbury October 05, 2012 at 07:03 AM
Leslie, sometimes I think you just like taking the piss out of me. You enjoy them. I don't. How did you guys fare on the new FEMA map?

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