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Blue Angels Practice Over San Francisco Bay

Fleet Week roared into San Francisco on Thursday with the Blue Angels’ practice runs over the bay.

As part of the demonstration, the famed United States Navy Blue Angels’ precision flying team showed off its more famous stunts, including flying upside down – in formation.

This year marks the Blue Angels' 70th anniversary.

Having started on Oct. 3, Fleet Week's big air shows are on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and will feature the Blue Angels, the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor, the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 and the Breitling Jet Team, of France.

"This is the most fun I've ever had, I think," Petty Officer Second Class Orri Benjamin Henkle told NBC Bay Area on Wednesday.

Henkle belongs to the team that services, refuels and maintains the jets. Although he has been part of Fleet Week before, 2016 is his first year with the Blue Angels.

"I thought that it might get old after a while, but I still, like a little kid, look up at the jets and just enjoy watching them," Henkle said. "And I remember watching them as early as five, six years old when my dad used to take me to the air show and it’s still as much fun … now as it was back then."

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