Patrouille de France – San Francisco Flyby

La Patrouille de France is the French equivalent of the Blue Angels. Currently they are on a US tour with their Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jets and an accompanying Airbus A400M. They criss-cross Northern America and had a Golden Gate Bridge flyby here in San Francisco, something I couldn’t miss.

The Alpha Jets flew all over the bay, San Francisco, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Sometimes they disappeared for a while and I was wondering if they were already done. But then they were reappearing over the Pacific Ocean or from behind a hill.

You might notice that the back of the A400M transport plane is open. I zoomed in on one of my images and it shows several people standing out there. Would have been a nice place to be 😉

All my images were taken from Hawk Hill where I had a beautiful view of the city and the ocean.

It turned out to be the perfect spot when the planes turned just before the Golden Gate Bridge – and I got my favorite shot of the day.

More images are in the PAF airshow gallery.



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