Fleet Week is returning to San Francisco from October 8-13, 2014! The annual event is a celebration of San Francisco’s history of military service and maritime tradition, and will also host the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels and the Parade of Ships. Along with the air shows, there will be many other events taking place during Fleet Week. Exhibits, ship tours, concerts, performances, and much more are sure to entertain the entire family! The Navy’s newest ship, the USS America, will also be making it’s way under the Golden Gate Bridge. For a full schedule of events, please visit: http://www.fleetweek.us/page_schedule_events.html.
Activities at this year’s Fleet Week will also include training exercises to help local first responders and military service members prepare for and respond to emergencies. Events like an urban search and rescue, medical trauma training, and a senior leaders seminar have transformed Fleet Week into much more than just a tribute show. This valuable training will help personnel save lives and prevent casualties, should a major situation occur in the Bay Area.
A flight demonstration team first started at the end of World War II by the Chief of Naval Operations to keep the public interested in naval aviation. The goal was to develop more public and political support due to a shrinking budget, and steer Air Force support to the Navy. In 1946, the name “Blue Angels” was picked by one of the original team members who came across the name of the famous Blue Angel nightclub in the New Yorker Magazine. Officially, they’re the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron.
The team performed their first air show at Craig Field, in Jacksonville, Florida, on June 15, 1964 and quickly gained worldwide recognition for their spectacular aerobatic maneuvers. Today, they perform more than 35 weekends per year. The Blue Angels consist of six F/A-18 Hornets with a price tag of approximately $21 million per jet! At the show they will fly up to 700mph, but have the capability of flying at almost twice the speed of sound, 1440mph! January through March, pilots must practice six days a week, two sessions a day, and fly the routine at least 120 times before doing a public show. The fact is the maneuvers being performed are extremely dangerous and require intense training and experience.
Watching the Blue Angels fly over the beautiful San Francisco Bay, as they perform death-defying rolls and turns, is an awesome experience. We’re definitely looking forward to all the festivities that will be going on during Fleet Week! Peninsula Auto Body would also like to thank all military personnel for their duty and service. America is the home of the free because of the brave men and women that serve in the armed forces.