SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF)– The sight of French fighter jets over the San Francisco Bay had many residents concerned. They took to Twitter, many offering explanations that were mainly guesses, and for the most part, just plain wrong.
It turns out the planes were actually training jets and part of a French Air Force demonstration ‘Patrouille de France’ to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War 1.
According to a news release it “will mobilize more than 70 airmen, pilots, mechanics, support staff, 10 Alphajets, 1 Airbus A400M Atlas and 25 tons of equipment, demonstrating French Air Force reach capabilities.”
The jets paired up with the Blue Angels last week in Florida. Over the month of April, they flew over 9 symbolic monuments to Franco-American unity across the nation, including the Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Yes hi why the C-17 and fighter jets in formation over SF just now?
— Mikell Taylor (@MikellTaylor) April 16, 2017
Ever since trump took office the frequency of fighter jets over SF has increased significantly Anyone else noticed?
— Chris DeLauder (@beaglebets) March 28, 2017
Huge military plane and fighter jets protecting it over SF Bay a minute ago. Anyone know what this is? Never seen it before. pic.twitter.com/EpWYuMilVT
— Mischa Nachtigal (@mischa) April 16, 2017
Seeing fighter jets scramble in SF. Normally not weird. Feels uncomfortable now.
— Andrew Baker (@Andrew___Baker) March 23, 2017