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Re: Fleet Week San Francisco 9 - 14 October 2008

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  • Phelps Hobart
    Re: Fleet Week San Francisco 9 - 14 October 2008 Two United States Navy ships this year. USS Pinckney (DDG 91)
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 10, 2008
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      Re: Fleet Week San Francisco 9 - 14 October 2008

      Two United States Navy ships this year.


      USS Pinckney (DDG 91)



      USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)



      CGC Bertholf (WMLS 750)


      SS Jeremiah O'Brien

      For the latest on Fleet Week click on http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?ei=utf-8&fr=slv8-&p=San%20Francisco%20Fleet%20Week.

       Blue Angels top Fleet Week events

      (10-06) 17:44 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A good pair of binoculars and an even better pair of earplugs might come in handy this week as the giant ships and the noisy jets return for Fleet Week in San Francisco.




       

      The window-rattling Blue Angels will be flying for four straight afternoons, with practice flights Thursday and Friday and air show performances Saturday and Sunday.

      The decibels began cranking up Monday afternoon, as the blue jets zipped over the Golden Gate Bridge, switched on their smoke machines and zoomed around the bay in their trademark triangle "delta" formation, touching down at 2:30 p.m. at San Francisco International Airport.

      They landed on the same runway 15 seconds apart - instead of the usual 2-minute separation required of commercial jets.

      "These guys are used to flying together," said airport spokesman Mike McCarron. "So it's no big deal."

      Tens of thousands of spectators are expected along the northern waterfront, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Embarcadero, to watch the annual parade of ships Saturday and the air shows Saturday and Sunday. A spot in the official grandstand costs $25 to $150, but looking up at the sky from any other place is free.

      Events start Thursday at noon, with the six F/A-18 Hornet jets of the Blue Angels conducting a 5-hour practice flight. On Friday, the other planes in the air shows will practice, along with the Blue Angels.

      Windows will rattle, dogs will howl and a lot of people will complain about the ruckus. But those cries are traditionally drowned out by cheers from enthralled fans, and also drowned out by the jet engines.

      On Saturday, four ships, including the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard, will parade from the Golden Gate Bridge to the waterfront, beginning at 11:30 a.m. An hour later, the air show begins.

      This year, the fliers will include the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, eight red-and-white jets from Canada, along with a Coast Guard helicopter, an Air Force F-16 jet and acrobatic stunt pilots Tim Weber, Sean Tucker and Michael Wiskus.

      At 3 p.m., the Blue Angels will perform for about an hour.

      And at 7:15 p.m., after the Blue Angel pilots have landed their planes and traveled by somewhat slower land-based vehicles to San Francisco, they will sign autographs at Pier 39.

      On Sunday, the air show and Blue Angels will perform an encore, and the ships will be open for free tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. along the waterfront. Air shows and practice flights may be changed or canceled if the weather turns bad, but the early word from the National Weather Service is that it won't.

      The U.S. Navy has two pages of rules for shipboard visitors, including a strict ban on running, on backpacks and on the wearing of skirts. It was not clear whether the skirt ban is intended to keep visitors from injury or to keep sailors from looking.

      On Saturday and Sunday, a Fleet Week festival will take place at Fort Mason and concerts will be held at Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39.

      On Sunday, the planes will compete for attention with the 139th annual Italian Heritage Day parade, once known as the Columbus Day Parade in less-aware times. This year the grand marshal is former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, known for being nearly as loud as a Blue Angel.

      The Blue Angels, organized by legendary Adm. Chester Nimitz, have been flying since 1946. Each jet is 56 feet long, costs $21 million and flies at about 1,400 mph, or 23 times faster than a BART train.

      Fleet Week highlights

      Events taking place for Fleet Week in San Francisco:

      -- Thursday

      Noon to 5 p.m. - Blue Angels practice flights over San Francisco.

      -- Friday

      1 to 4 p.m. - Practice flights by Blue Angels and air show participants.

      -- Saturday

      11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Parade of Ships.

      12:30 to 3 p.m. - Air show.

      3 to 4 p.m. - Blue Angels show.

      -- Sunday

      11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Ship tours, Piers 15, 29 and 30/32.

      12:30 to 3 p.m. - Air show.

      3 to 4 p.m. - Blue Angels show.

      -- Monday and Tuesday

      11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Ship tours, Piers 15, 29 and 30/32.

      For more information, visit www.fleetweek.us/fleetweek

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      --- In PMMC-NLUS@yahoogroups.com, "Phelps Hobart" <nlsac@...> wrote:
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      > Don Hale advises that Kristine Carlock, kriscarlock at comcast dot net, is the Pacific Central Region's Navy League representative on the Fleet Week committee.
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      > The website, http://fleetweek.us/fleetweek, is a good place to get public information on activities. We will keep you posted if there is anything special for Navy League members.
      >

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