PHOTOS: Friday’s Blue Angels Practice Flight


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It’s Seafair weekend in the Northwest, and that means hydroplanes and those screaming-fast flying thingys overhead called the “Blue Angels” (listen closely over the next few days and you may actually hear them from Burien).

On Friday afternoon (July 31st), Photographer Michael Brunk: shot this photo slideshow from the north end of Boeing Field:

Click to View Michael Brunk’s Photo Slideshow

The Blue Angel schedule for the next two days is:

  • Sat., Aug. 1st:
    • 1pm departure
    • 1:30pm show
    • 2:30pm return
  • Sun. Aug. 2nd:
    • 1pm departure
    • 1:30pm show
    • 2:30pm return

If you’re into these kinds of thrilling machines and the kooky peeps who fly ’em and want to get up-close and personal, head on over to the Museum of Flight at the south end of Boeing field. Buy a ticket and you’ll be able to witness the pre-flight walkdowns and formation takeoffs, and you may even get the chance to meet some of the pilots when they return.

Here’s info from the Seafair website:

The KeyBank Air Show and Chevrolet Cup are the culmination of the month-long Seafair Festival and is undoubtedly the “Seafair weekend” that thousands look forward to each Summer. The action-packed three-day party includes the fastest powerboats in the world, the Unlimited Hydroplanes, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, fabulous northwest food and a spectacular Saturday evening fireworks show.

For many though across the Pacific Northwest, summer and Seafair reach their pinnacle as the six pilots behind the yokes of the “Blue” Boeing F/A-18 Hornets make their thunderous and spectacular appearance at the KeyBank Air Show presented by Boeing. Look skyward, run to the window or pull the car over, the Blue Angels will be soaring above Seafair again in 2009, July 31-August 2.

  • The demonstration pilots actually fly the jets to each show site.
  • The F/A-18 can reach speeds just under Mach 2, almost twice the speed of sound or about 1,400 MPH.
  • The only Blue Angel to become an astronaut was CDR Chuck Bradley, Flight Surgeon, 1989-90.

And here’s a video from last year’s show:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB6Ni_OnQ_4

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