Blue Angels set to return in fall with Bay Area pilot

Lcdr. Michael Cheng will make a special homecoming this fall when he flies with the Blue Angels during Fleet Week.

February 26, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
It's official! The Blue Angels are coming back to town for Fleet Week this fall. One of the elite Navy jets landed at Oakland International Airport on Wednesday.

You may remember, the government sequester caused Fleet Week and the Blue Angels show to be cancelled last year. The pilots say they were able to practice to stay sharp.

Fleet week will be a homecoming for Lcdr. Michael Cheng, who dreamt of being a Blue Angel after seeing them practice as a child. He said, "The principal is like, 'Well, you guys aren't getting any of your school work done, so let's go up to the roof for lunch and just watch practice'. And that was the first time I ever saw the team and I remember thinking to myself that's got to be one heck of a job, that's really cool."

The Blue Angels say they were honored by last year's fundraising effort to keep their performance from being cancelled -- even though it failed. Fleet Week will take place this year on the second weekend of October.