Three Laps Around the Bay with the Blues and Sean D. Tucker

By Sagar Pathak

The 2 F/A-18C Blue Angels fly at near stall speed while Sean D. Tucker flies as fast as he can to stay in formation. (Sagar Pathak)For as long as I can remember, the United States Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team and San Francisco’s Fleet Week was synonymous with each other. Having grown up in the Bay Area, every October I was guaranteed two things: in early October, I would be turning a year older and the sweet, sweet sound of jet noise. So when the city of San Francisco cancelled Fleet Week in 2013, I was devastated. Was it really even my birthday if I didn’t see the six blue and gold jets flying over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge? It didn’t feel right.

When it was announced that in 2014, the city would be bringing back Fleet Week, and were having the Blue Angels headline, I was beyond elated. Balance had been restored.

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