Last week the test Airbus A380 full of large water bottles (pretending to be passengers) and some lucky Airbus employees (who were actually passengers) flew into SFO at the beginning of Fleet Week. Then on Friday, in between the Blue Angels practice sessions it flew out on its way back to Toulouse as part of its 150 hour engine test.
The A380 flew by at a few thousand feet and did about three loops of the city, admittedly going slowly for the onlookers, but as reported elsewhere it was almost silent. The Blue Angels were much louder and much lower – you couldn’t ignore them wherever you were in the city. Check out the rest of my Flickr photos for more of this huge aircraft.