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Did not know this United 747 was part of Fleet Week... It did two passes in the bay before the Blue Angels performed. San Francisco is a United hub so it would make sense for United to participate (albeit not part of the Navy). United has hosted the Navy's Blue Angels at its Maintenance Operations Center at SFO.
Fun Facts: The Boeing 747 is a widebody commercial airliner and cargo transport, often referred to by the nickname jumbo jet or Queen of the Skies. Introduced in 1969, it is among the world's most recognizable aircraft and was the first widebody ever produced.
History of Fleet Week:
San Francisco and Fleet Week share a long and storied history starting with the arrival in the Bay of the President Theodore Roosevelt’s “Great White Fleet” in 1908. Comprised of 16 battleships of the Atlantic Fleet and various smaller vessels, this historic flotilla featured hulls painted white except for the gilded scrollwork on their bows.
Throughout the 20th Century, San Francisco was a major focus of naval operations, and served as the headquarters of the United States Naval forces under Admiral Chester Nimitz during WW II. A generation of “Liberty Ships” and other military vessels were built, launched, serviced, berthed and later retired at such historic sites at Mare Island, the Marin Shipworks, Treasure Island, Hunters Point Shipyard, Suisun Bay and the Alameda Naval Air Station.
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