The end of the Blue Angels

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By Tim Redmond

I know the show is cool (even though I'm never chosen as the journalist who gets to fly in one of the planes). And I hate to be a killjoy or anything. But I've always wondered why these high-performance Hornet F/A 18 military jets loaded with fuel get to perform dangerous maneuvers right over the third-densest urban area in the country.

There is, of course, the fact that the Blue Angels are really nothing more than a very expensive celebration of military might and a recruiting tool for the U.S. Navy -- not somthing you'd think would be terribly approrpiate in a city that's one of the leading anti-war centers in America.

But as we are now reminded, accidents happen -- and if one of those flying bomblets crashed into, say, North Beach, the carnage would be really ugly.