West Seattle helicopter sighting: Another Chinook ‘flyby’

4:36 PM: The second time we heard the approaching Chinook today in West Seattle, we were someplace we could get a photo – outside, at Alki’s Bar-S Playfield, covering the West Seattle Little League regular-season-ending barbecue and Snack Shack ribboncutting (full story on that later). More than one person in attendance joked that WSLL must have booked a flyby for the occasion. Several others from around West Seattle have e-mailed or otherwise messaged to say this was low enough to rattle their home – as our photo attempts to show, low indeed. No concrete info on what they’re doing, but the last notable flyover on Memorial Day eventually was confirmed as training, according to our pal Patty at Roosiehood.

5:17 PM: Elizabeth solved the “mystery” pretty fast. As was noted in our morning preview, the Museum of Flight had an all-day helicopter event – and she confirms that the Chinook was part of it, sharing the closeup shot above as it landed at Boeing Field.

4 Replies to "West Seattle helicopter sighting: Another Chinook 'flyby'"

  • Elizabeth June 18, 2011 (5:04 pm)

    The Chinook was the American Heroes display at the Museum of Flight today. There were about 7 helicopters on display for kids to look at and climb inside of. The Coast Guard, the sheriff’s dept, and several others all made appearances. Here is the link:

    We were there today with our son who got climb inside the Chinook and take pictures!

  • Elizabeth June 18, 2011 (5:05 pm)

    If you guys want some close up pictures email me and I’ll pass them along!

  • rob June 18, 2011 (8:24 pm)

    It was a great display. I took my 4 yr old daughter down there, and I must say that all of the people exhibiting the helicopters, fire trucks, and other stuff were super friendly and gracious. She got to sit in the cockpit of every one of the helicopters that were open, got to hang in the rescue sling on the Navy helicopter, got a demonstration of the big nozzle on the huge airport fire truck, and even scored some cool stickers :-)

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