Every fall they come; every fall the US Air Force buzzes San Francisco in conjunction with Fleet Week. What crap! No city should be subjected to stunt pilots flying low over populated areas to demonstrate their cajones and prove US power to say "fuck you" to the world.
It is not like the damn things don't fall down. In October, 1998 two of the planes crashed into Georgia woodlands -- how many would have died if that had been a neighborhood in San Francisco? Previously, two planes collided during one of these shows over Niagara Falls; one pilot died.
Why does the Navy do these displays? In its own words, the Navy declares:
The Blue Angels are a recruiting gimmick -- and in the eyes of anyone who questions the US, a very public threat.
Though someone must have invited them, a lot of San Franciscans could do without the Blue Angels. The Chronicle interviewed the downtown lunchtime crowd subjected to practice runs yesterday.
At a moment when even President Nincompoop is calling for fuel conservation, each F/A-18 uses approximately 8,000 pounds or 1,300 gallons of JP-5 jet fuel in a show.
Aren't there any local authorities that can interrupt this nonsense?