By Conway Jones
San Francisco Fleet Week 2023 had the Bay Area “vibrant” from October 2-10.
Fleet Week festivities honor the contributions of the men and women of the U.S. military.
The first San Francisco Fleet Week was held in 1981 through the efforts of then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein.
Since then, it has been an integral part of the city’s local culture and economy. This year’s Fleet Week was dedicated to the life and legacy of the late U.S. Senator Feinstein.
In many people’s minds, the highlight was the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels.
This year is the 77th for the Blue Angels.th season since their founding in 1946. They are dedicated to the mission of showcasing the teamwork and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps through flight demonstrations and community outreach while inspiring a culture of excellence and service to the country.
Lieutenant Commander Amanda Lee is the first female pilot of the Blue Angels squadron. She selected in June 2022, she flies as a left wing demonstration pilot in aircraft number 3.
Scott Goossens, the fourth-place finisher, graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory School in San Francisco in 2006. When asked if there were any defining moments in his life, he said, “I think everyone in life has more failures.” . than the successes. “You just have to keep going.”
Lieutenant Commander Julius Bratton is the lead solo pilot and flies the number 5 aircraft for the 2023 Blue Angels team. Bratton is originally from Woodlawn, Tennessee. He has more than 2,000 flight hours and 207 carrier-assisted landings. He joined the Blue Angels in 2019.