San Francisco Fleet Week – Air Show Highlights

San Francisco Fleet Week is a legendary event attracting more than one million people to the San Francisco waterfront annually. Fleet Week runs for a full seven days and concludes with a breathtaking Air Show featuring daring stunts by world-renowned pilots. Presented by United and produced by the Air Show Network, a choreographed air show with ten aerobatic performers will buzz across the San Franciso sky on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during SFFW. Below you will find descriptions of each act for the 2019 SFFW.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are the second oldest formal aerobatic team in the world. Founded in 1946, the Blue Angels are made up of five Navy demonstration pilots and one Marine Corps demonstration pilot. The famed performance features daring acts that showcase the skills of the pilots. Many of the same skilled maneuvers performed in 1946 are used in the routine today. Stunts such as the Diamond 360, Diamond Dirty Loop, Sneak Pass (reaching speeds of 700 mph!), and the Double Farvel are sure to impress. Roughly 11 million spectators view the Blue Angels during air shows from March through November every year.

United Boeing 777-300ER

Part of the United fleet, and one of Boeing’s newest aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER is the world’s largest twin-engine jetliner. The “Tripple Seven” has a capacity of 400 passengers and a range of 5,000-8,500 nautical miles. During San Francisco’s Fleet Week, the jet performs a “low pass” over the waterfront of the city and the Golden Gate Bridge.

F-35 Demo Team

The U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II. The F-35 is a single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth fighter jet that is operational in the U.S. Department of Defense. This jet has advanced stealth, exceptional agility, and maneuverability, with sensor and information fusion. 

The Patriots Jet Team

The Patriots Jet Team is the largest civilian-owned aerobatic jet team in the western hemisphere. Founded in 2002, and the team features former pilots who were a part of the Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Team Oracle, Sean D. Tucker, and Jessy Panzer

Sponsored by Oracle, Sean D. Tucker and Jessy Panzer will perform breath-taking aerobatics above the San Francisco Bay. Tucker is an esteemed performance pilot who has taken to the skies since 1976. Jessy Panzer has been performance flying since 2005 and is the only civilian female formation airshow pilot in the United States. 

Lucas Oil, Mike Wiskus

Flying for Lucas Oil, Mike Wiskus will be defying gravity during the 2019 lineup of the SFFW Air Show. Wiskus earned his pilot’s license when he was 17 and has accumulated over 25,000 flight hours. Wiskus will be flying the “Super Stinker” a PITTS S – 1 -11B.

U.S. Navy Parachute Team, The Leap Frogs 

The U.S. Navy’s Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, is made up of active-duty Navy SEALS and Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC). The Leap Frogs’ performance consists of six jumpers who free fall from an aircraft at an altitude of 6,000 feet before deploying parachutes.

Air National Guard C-130

The Air National Guard will coordinate a flight over the Bay in the C-130. The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is an American four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft.

P-8 Poseidon and P-3 Orion

The P-8A Poseidon (P-8A) is the U.S. Navy’s multi-mission maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. The P-8A efficiently conducts anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and humanitarian response. 

Source: https://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=1100&tid=1300&ct=1

The P-3 Orion is a peerless airborne hunter. Its reputation as the ultimate maritime patrol aircraft has been through more than 50 years of service. It’s known as the guardian of the seas.

Source: https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/products/p-3.html

US Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demo

United States Coast Guard will demonstrate a simulated Search and Rescue (SAR) mission with its MH-65D helicopter. The H-65 helicopter — the Coast Guard’s most ubiquitous aircraft — is certified for operation in all-weather and night-time operations.

To see the Air Show Schedule, visit the San Francisco Fleet Week website or download the app. To see Day Sail availability on USA 76, visit our booking page.