Patrouille de France 2017 US Tour Hits West Coast With Incredible San Francisco Photo Shoot

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Patrouille de France Over San Francisco/Golden Gate Bridge

The 2017 US Tour of the Patrouille de France has hit the West Coast! The team performed for one time only at Mather Airport in Sacramento, CA in the morning, then headed for a photo shoot with San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge in the evening. Spectators stood in awe as the eight-ship formation followed their supporting A400M Atlas transport/photoship on multiple flybys around the Bay Area. Two other Alpha Jets trailed the formation for more photos. These magnificent images from this flight really speak for themselves!

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The Patrouille has previously flown photo missions over New York City and the Statue of Liberty as well the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. They also performed at several East Coast airshows and even stopped to visit the US Navy Blue Angels at their home base of NAS Pensacola. Their trip through North America is quickly coming to an end though, and they will be heading East again soon for several military-focused events before proceeding up through Canada and back home to France at the beginning of May.

All photos courtesy Armée de l’air

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The US Navy Blue Angels Will Fly Over Super Bowl 50 In San Francisco

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US Navy Blue Angels Super Bowl 50 Flyover

The US Navy Blue Angels will provide the national anthem flyover at the beginning of Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco. The team has teased the appearance recently but uploaded the above image to their Facebook page tonight in an apparent confirmation of the rumor. It will not be a tremendously long trip for the Blues as they are currently in California for their winter training at NAF El Centro rather than their home base of NAS Pensacola in Florida. The game, featuring the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers, will take place at Levi’s Stadium on February 7th. Last year’s Super Bowl featured a flyover by the USAF Thunderbirds.

Make sure you tune in for the pregame festivities!