Video, photos: Blue Angels at Seafair 2010, plus today’s info

August 7, 2010 at 5:36 am | In Blue Angels, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

On assignment for WSB, Cliff DesPeaux‘s video tells the story of our favorite Blue Angels viewing choice – “on the fence” at the Museum of Flight (9404 East Marginal Way S.; map). As you can probably tell from the weather, he was there yesterday. If you decide to go today or Sunday, don’t be last-minute about it – though they didn’t fly Friday till 1:30 pm, which suggests the timetable may be similar this weekend, spots along the fences (both south side by the jets’ “parking” area and east side by the runway) will fill up much sooner. If the main MoF parking lot is full, the Boeing lot across East Marginal should be open for overflow this weekend (unlike weekdays, when workers need it). We watched takeoff, landing and flybys from a lot south of the control tower the past two days; other runway watchers got these great photos:

Above, that’s David DeSiga‘s view of two Blues peeling off shortly after liftoff (different angle from the one we caught in our Friday afternoon report). Next, Susan DuTemple‘s view of Angels support plane “Fat Albert”:

Jim Clark caught some of the other Seafair air show participants – the Bearcat and Tigercat (scroll down the Seafair air-show-info page for more)

Once again today, the I-90 bridge will close approximately 12:45-2:40 pm for the air show. And if you are going to go watch it on Lake Union, along with the hydroplane races – and/or tour the Seafair fleet docked along Elliott Bay – all the extra info can be found at


  1. Do they ever cancel a show? Granted I’ve seen less than ideal weather on Seafair weekends, but the timing of today’s front seems like IFR conditions, and not something for formation flying. I usually hang at Costco for the shows but maybe tomorrow’s show would be better.
    Props (as it were) to Susan DuTemple for catching the condensation spirals from Fat Albert’s propellers.

    Comment by JayDee — 9:32 am August 7, 2010 #

  2. Quote >And if you are going to go watch it on Lake Union<

    …you'll probably be disapointed…

    Comment by Born To Be Mild — 9:34 am August 7, 2010 #

  3. Yeah, I was gonna say… Lake Union? Really?

    Comment by hopey — 9:37 am August 7, 2010 #

  4. Hadn’t you heard? They’ve moved the races to Lake Union while they drain Lake Washington to look for Melinda Gates lost wedding ring.

    Comment by Leroniusmonkfish — 11:13 am August 7, 2010 #

  5. Seafair question maybe someone can answer – what is the point of paying $30 for entry to Genesee park? If we want to view the airshow, isn’t the shore of Lake Washington Blvd free, public space?

    Comment by jjm — 11:45 am August 7, 2010 #

  6. South of the paid admission area there’s plenty of free street & beach spots with great views of the Angels.

    Comment by steve-o — 1:49 pm August 7, 2010 #

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