High-flying photos from San Francisco’s Fleet Week

High-flying photos from San Francisco's Fleet Week

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Blue Angel jets fly above Alcatraz in the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

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Of all San Francisco traditions, there are few as divisive as Fleet Week. Some gather on rooftops across the city to take in the spectacle of surprisingly dangerous Blue Angels flights, others say it’s a costly waste of taxpayer money that makes dogs chew through walls.

With the Transamerica Pyramid in the background the Blue Angels fly above the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

With the Transamerica Pyramid in the background the Blue Angels fly above the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

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However you feel about the largest celebration of the armed forces in the country, it’s almost impossible to avoid. The noise of the Blue Angels flights resonates throughout the city, but there’s also plenty of joyous sounds coming from military bands that post up in public parks and bring good cheer as they march around the Marina. Meanwhile, the influx of uniformed men makes for tough decisions for some of the city’s single women (although viral posts from Overheard SF should be taken with a grain of salt).

As one might expect, the event is a field day for both amateur and professional photographers attempting to capture images of some of the incredible aerial action. Here are some of the best photos that we’ve seen posted on social media of the Angels speeding across the sky in tight formation past landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Salesforce Tower and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

A Blue Angel jet flies above the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

A Blue Angel jet flies above the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

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Blue Angel jets fly above the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

Blue Angel jets fly above the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

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A Blue Angel jet flies just above the water in San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

A Blue Angel jet flies just above the water in San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

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A Blue Angel jet flies above the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

A Blue Angel jet flies above the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

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Blue Angel jets fly above the Ferry Buildgin in the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

Blue Angel jets fly above the Ferry Buildgin in the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

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Blue Angel jets fly above the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

Blue Angel jets fly above the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

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Blue Angel jets fly above the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

Blue Angel jets fly above the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

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A Blue Angel jet flies near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

A Blue Angel jet flies near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

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Blue Angel jets fly above the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

Blue Angel jets fly above the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

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With Salesforce Tower in the background, a Blue Angels jet flies above the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

With Salesforce Tower in the background, a Blue Angels jet flies above the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

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A Blue Angel jet flies above the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

A Blue Angel jet flies above the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

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Blue Angel jets fly above the SF Bay Bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

Blue Angel jets fly above the SF Bay Bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 6, 2022.

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