San Francisco is one of the few major US metro areas that sees a large-scale air show every year.
Initially, the ‘Fleet Week’ was when Navy boats and sailors would come out at San Francisco’s docks, but for the last decade the air show has been a major draw and the city receives more than a million spectators on the days of the event. Since its restart after its cancellation in 2013, it now also features a number of non-US aircraft groups.
The 2016 Fleet Week Air Show lineup included:
The Breitling Jet Team
A United Airlines 747
An F-22 Raptor
The Patriots Jet Team
The Royal Canadian Air Force
The most well-known part of the show is the appearance of the Blue Angels, which is the US Navy’s main PR tool.
Fleet Week in San Francisco combines beautiful scenery with a top-notch air show. Given the closeness of the jets and the major afterburner roars, it is almost impossible to not look for a roof to see what is going on there.
Traffic in the city comes to a virtual standstill while the jets are in the air. If you don’t have access to a roof in the marina district, these sites are the best viewing spots:
– Anywhere along Crissy Field East Beach