Blue Angels Soar Over San Francisco Ahead of Fleet Week Show

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Blue Angels will be soaring in the skies above San Francisco during this weekend's annual Fleet Week air show.

The Navy's Pensacola-based precision flying team will perform aerial maneuvers Saturday and Sunday as part of San Francisco Fleet Week 2007. They did a practice run yesterday.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors rejected a proposal last week that would have banned for safety reasons the flight demonstration team from flying over the city.

Critics had said the jets could crash into the Financial District or homes while flying as close as 18 inches apart, from wing-tip to canopy.

Safety concerns were revived in April after a crash during an air show in South Carolina that killed the jet's pilot and injured several people on the ground. The cause of that crash is still under investigation.

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