Blue Angels draw crowds in San Francisco, create massive traffic gridlock

Byby Cornell Barnard KGO logo
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Blue Angels draws big crowds, causes major traffic gridlock
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On Saturday, one million fans came out for the Fleet Week air show in San Francisco. But afterwards, those fans headed home into gridlock.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Blue Angels will return to the skies over San Francisco at 3 p.m. Sunday. On Saturday, one million fans came out for a spectacular show. But afterwards, those fans headed home into gridlock.

That familiar roar over San Francisco's waterfront could only mean one thing - the Blue Angels were back, taking flight above the Bay.

PHOTOS: Blue Angels, Parade of Ships dazzle during Fleet Week

Dorie Green was looking up. "It's spectacular, almost have no words for it. So beautiful," she said.

The white-knuckle precision acrobatics are exciting and kind of unnerving to Leigha Rosa. "Favorite part had to be the scariest, when they get a little too close."

During some maneuvers, the jets are only 18 inches apart.

But when the air show as over, thousands of drivers performed their own unrehearsed show called traffic gridlock.

It was a nightmare trying to get home. "It's worse than Los Angeles. Way worse," commented one driver. "It took 20 minutes just to go around the corner," one passenger said.

San Francisco Police were directing traffic bottlenecks, which lasted for hours.

VIDEO: Blue Angels dazzle crowds during San Francisco's Fleet Week

Public transit wasn't much better. Muni streetcars were jammed packed.

"Not fun. Plus, they're blocking the intersection, naughty naught," Blue Angels fan Joyce Granville said.

Blue Angels pilots and support crew met fans at Pier 29 and signed autographs.

Six-year-old Alana Webster, dressed in a flight suit and sunglasses, got some career advice. "I don't know if I want to be a pilot or doctor," she said.

Stanford grad Daly Montgomery just met her idol, Capt. Katie Higgins, the Blue Angels first female pilot. Montgomery plans to fly planes for the Marine Corps.

"To see them, Captain Higgins, paving the way, in something I really want to do..." she said.

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