Seafair updates: Blue Angels tomorrow, Navy fleet Wednesday

August 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm | In Blue Angels, Seen at sea, West Seattle news | 10 Comments

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(July 2009 Seafair fleet “parade” photo by Mark Rhea)
Not specifically West Seattle, but widespread interest, and you’ll see some of these Seafair spectacles from here, so here goes: We’re awaiting a specific time-frame for the Blue Angels “mid-afternoon” arrival tomorrow – here’s their previously announced schedule for the week. Then on Wednesday afternoon, you’ll see the Seafair fleet arrive in Elliott Bay, en route to where they’ll dock for tours: 4 ships are expected from the U.S. Navy, 3 from the Canadian Navythis page on the Seafair site has full details (including tour times). 6:24 PM: Ryan reminds us via Facebook that we should include the link to the I-90 bridge closure times for the Blue Angels’ flights Thursday-Sunday – here it is.

10 Comments

  1. and no one in the WSB editor’s household is excited…right?

    Comment by JanS — 6:05 pm August 2, 2010 #

  2. Only me. Everyone else gets to go on with business as usual. Me, I’ll be opening the Museum of Flight Remote Satellite Bureau tomorrow. Which reminds me that a route must be plotted keeping in mind the South Park Bridge is gone … have always gone that way to get to the MOF. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 6:18 pm August 2, 2010 #

  3. Is it just me, but every time i see the Blue Angels fly I tend to check for my wallet. How many teachers jobs does this act of patriotism cost us? Or is it just federal $ and we all should just enjoy it?

    Comment by Baba — 7:45 pm August 2, 2010 #

  4. @Baba: although I certainly appreciate the sentiment, I also find the absurdity and excitement of a Blue Angels show a nice distraction. Of course I don’t want that to come at the cost of a good teacher, but I do think it’s important for people to have some entertainment too

    Comment by bridge to somewhere — 9:11 pm August 2, 2010 #

  5. Does anyone know how to get to I-90 to walk on and watch them during practice? I mean I know how to get to I-90, but not where to park and walk on.

    Comment by AJP — 9:14 pm August 2, 2010 #

  6. Bread and circus – tends to be the mantra during tough times, we did not invent this slogan and it’s certainly not up to US to repeal it.

    Comment by Baba — 9:46 pm August 2, 2010 #

  7. AJP, park your car near the old school building that you see on the hill just off of I-90, then walk through the Mt. Baker foot/bicycle tunnel. I don’t know how difficult parking in that neighborhood will be during the practice sessions. I usually bike to and from West Seattle to watch the Blue Angels, so I haven’t had to contend with parking.

    Comment by rw — 7:39 am August 3, 2010 #

  8. TR – a couple of optional routes: You can go over the 1st Ave S bridge, take the Michigan exit and turn right at the first light onto E Marginal. Follow that all the way to the Museum. Or go through South Park and turn right where you would have turned left to go over the South Park bridge (I don’t know what street that is…16th S?) Go through the business district there and as it curves to the right, just before it goes over the freeway, cut off to the left. Sorry, again, I don’t know what street it is, but it runs alongside the freeway. Follow it all the way to a light by the USPS distribution center, turn left. It’s a small road that will take you over the river and dump you out on East Marginal by the old Sound Credit Union branch about a block south of Randy’s diner. Turn left onto E Marginal.

    Comment by Lori W. — 8:06 am August 3, 2010 #

  9. Thanks RW! I was thinking the bike path would be the best option. I would bike myself, but my daughter is coming with me and she’s under a year old. Got to wait for her little muscles to toughen up a bit before I put her on a bike with me!

    Comment by AJP — 1:24 pm August 3, 2010 #

  10. @baba The Blue Angels performance is paid for by sponsorships dollars and NOT taxpayer money.

    Comment by rdm — 1:34 pm August 3, 2010 #

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