Behind Maj. Rick Rose stands ‘Fat Albert,’ a C-130J Hercules aircraft, on Oct. 7, 2021, at Oakland International Airport. After the pandemic resulted in fleet week being cancelled in 2020, a large mass convened Oct. 8 to 10 to the Marina Green to witness the air acrobatics. (Matthew Cardoza / Golden Gate Xpress) (Matthew Cardoza)
Behind Maj. Rick Rose stands ‘Fat Albert,’ a C-130J Hercules aircraft, on Oct. 7, 2021, at Oakland International Airport. After the pandemic resulted in fleet week being cancelled in 2020, a large mass convened Oct. 8 to 10 to the Marina Green to witness the air acrobatics. (Matthew Cardoza / Golden Gate Xpress)

Matthew Cardoza

Hundreds flock to San Francisco for Fleet Week return

Large crowds gather at the Marina Green to enjoy the last day of aerial performances, fleet week festivities

October 13, 2021

Hundreds of people lined the Marina Green, Fort Mason and Aquatic Park in San Francisco on Sunday, to catch a glimpse of aerial stunt performances, including the return of the Navy Blue Angels.

Spectators from across the Bay Area enjoyed food and live entertainment such as the Navy “Leap Frogs” Parachute Team, Red Bull stunt planes and the Navy Blue Angels air show that capped off the event at 3 p.m.

“One of the shows we really look forward to is San Francisco,” said Maj. Rick Rose, 32, a Marine and the pilot of the Blue Angels’ C-130J Hercules aircraft known as “Fat Albert.”

“It’s a challenging show site, but it’s also extremely fun,” Rose said. “So that’s why we kind of save it for the end of the season.”

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