The Blue Angels lined up on the tarmac in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, October 10, 2014, in preparation for their annual weekend performance as part of San Francisco's Fleet Week celebration. CNET photographer James Martin hitched a ride on the Blue Angels' support plane, a C-130 named Fat Albert. The aircraft may be chubby, but it gives an intense ride. You can read his blog about the experience here. For more photos, click ahead.
CNET photographer James Martin was the only nonmilitary member to fly with the Blue Angels' "Fat Albert Airlines" on the Friday prior to the Blue Angels' weekend shows for Fleet Week. The 10 other riders were all members of the military. The "airline" is named after Fat Albert, the C-130 that follows the Angels from show to show, carrying support crew and gear. You'll see it shortly.
The beautiful fog layer over the western fringes of the city was too much for the F-18s -- they were grounded. So for the tens of thousands of casual spectators around the bay, trying to catch a glimpse of the Blue Angles before their weekend shows, Fat Albert was the main event.