(August 2010 photo by David DeSiga)
With the Blue Angels based at the Museum of Flight over the ridge during their annual visits, many West Seattleites see and hear them whether they want to or not. So with that in mind, and knowing that some will be excited and some will be bummed, we share the official news that they have reconfirmed for the August 2011 Seafair Air Show, per a Seafair news release. And this year, there’s a special anniversary. Details after the jump:
Full text of the Seafair news release:
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels announced that the Demonstration Squadron will return to the skies above Lake Washington as a featured performer at the Boeing Air Show this coming summer, as well as to participate in Seafair Fleet Week activities. The announcement was made today at the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) conference in Las Vegas, Nev.
This year’s participation in Seafair will also commemorate a historic milestone – the Centennial of Naval Aviation. The official kick-off for the anniversary will take place on Feb. 10 in San Diego, Calif. Seafair Fleet Week and the air show, both presented by Boeing, have been chosen as cornerstone events of the celebration by the U.S. Navy.
Seafair Fleet Week events will kick off on Wednesday, Aug. 3. The air show, combined with the Albert Lee Cup Hydroplane Races, will take place Friday, Aug. 5 through Sunday, Aug. 7.
“We are thrilled to have the U.S. Navy Blue Angels returning to Seattle for Seafair 2011,” said Beth Knox, President & CEO of Seafair. “Their performance is one of the highlights of summer in the Pacific Northwest. We are honored to be named a Tier One event of the national Centennial Celebration of Naval Aviation and are looking forward to working with our partner, Boeing, to recognize pilots and crew members for their service to our country and their commitment to aviation excellence.”
The Blue Angels’ mission is to enhance U.S. Navy and Marine Corps recruiting efforts and to represent the naval service to the United States, its elected leadership and foreign nations. The Blue Angels serve as positive role models for young people, and goodwill ambassadors for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
A complete show schedule is available at www.blueangels.navy.mil. A complete listing of events associated with the Centennial of Naval Aviation is available at http://navalaviation100.org/eventlist.