Blue Angels practice for Fleet Week


San Francisco Fleet Week 2008 will feature events beginning with Blue Angels flight practice Thursday and lasting through the weekend, organizers said.

Fleet Week brings together the U.S. Navy, Marines Corp and Coast Guard to offer air shows, ship tours, a parade and festivals, according to the event Web site.

The Blue Angels are scheduled to arrive at SFO at 1:50 p.m. Monday and conduct survey flights and familiarization Thursday and Friday, SFO spokesman Mike McCarron said.

The Canadian Snowbirds, nine jets that perform tactical aviation, will join the Blue Angels for the show this year, organizers said.

The two-day Fleet Week Air Show, also featuring demonstrations by Team Oracle and the Air Force's F-16 Demonstration Team, will be held Saturday and Sunday.

Fleet Week 2008 will also feature a parade of U.S. Navy ships along the San Francisco waterfront as well as ship tours at various piers that have not yet been named by organizers.

The Italian Heritage Day Parade along Fisherman's Wharf to North Beach as well as the Festival at the Fort will also be included in the festivities.

A full list of Fleet Week events including a schedule and information for Blue Angels premium box seats are available online.

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