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Blue Angels soar over San Francisco as city mourns Dianne Feinstein

Source: Philip Pacheco for The Standard

The roar of jet engines could be heard midday Thursday as the Blue Angels soared overhead for their first practice runs ahead of Fleet Week air shows this weekend.

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The practice flight comes as dignitaries from around the country attend a memorial outside San Francisco City Hall for the late U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who died Sept. 29.

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Mayor London Breed was interrupted by noise from the jets but said they were a fitting reminder of Feinstein’s legacy.

“Thank you, Mayor Feinstein, for bringing the Blue Angels to San Francisco in 1981,” Breed said to applause.

Some echoed Breed’s sentiments on social media.

Others found the noise from the Blue Angels’ practice run disrespectful during such a somber occasion.

Oakland International Airport (OAK) hosts the Blue Angels team starting Thursday, when practice flights are scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m.

Blue Angels soar over U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's funeral on Oct. 5, 2023, as part of a series of practice runs ahead of their Fleet Week air shows. | Source: Josh Koehn/The Standard

The air show will take place over San Francisco on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Mayor London Breed said it was fitting that the Blue Angels would fly overhead during Dianne Feinstein's funeral, since the late senator helped bring them to the city in the early 1980s. | Source: Josh Koehn/The Standard

The elite flight demonstration squadron should close out each day’s aerial performances during the free public event along San Francisco’s waterfront—as long as foggy weather doesn’t cancel the final act like it did last year

The rest of the weeklong celebration includes public ship tours, musical performances and other activities.

For more details and updates, visit the official Fleet Week website.