Seafair update: Blue Angels to arrive one week from tomorrow

July 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm | In Blue Angels, West Seattle news | 32 Comments

Handy info whether you love them or you hate them: Seafair says U.S. Navy Blue Angels pilots 1-6 are scheduled to arrive at Boeing Field next Tuesday (August 2nd), likely between 11 am and noon. (#7 will be here sooner, as it’s doing media flights on Monday, though its arrival date has not yet been announced.) As always, while here, the Blue Angels are based at the Museum of Flight, just over the ridge from West Seattle, and they always offer special activities during the Angels’ visit. (2010 photo courtesy David DeSiga)

32 Comments

  1. Love them! Yippee!!!

    Comment by Jennifer — 2:56 pm July 25, 2011 #

  2. Wooo Hooo!!! Can’t wait! #7 will probably arrive Sunday evening after their show in Great Falls, MT. I’m so looking forward to having my Blue Jets back in Seattle.

    Comment by Lori — 3:28 pm July 25, 2011 #

  3. Lori – Seafair says Monday morning, but they don’t know what time yet. They promise to tweet it, FB it, etc. :) – TR

    Comment by WSB — 3:45 pm July 25, 2011 #

  4. Yaaaaaaay! I love them! Can’t wait! :-)

    Comment by April — 3:53 pm July 25, 2011 #

  5. My 5 year old has is Blue Angels’ flight suit ready to go! We are pumped!. Thank you for the reminder.

    Comment by Kent Harris — 4:05 pm July 25, 2011 #

  6. Well, since it’s an annual tradition for me… Hate ‘emmmmm! Death Machines! We now return you to your regularly scheduled program…

    Comment by 35this35mph — 6:19 pm July 25, 2011 #

  7. Like all military propaganda, the Blue Angels aren’t about anything other than glorifying murder.

    Comment by godofthebasement — 6:27 pm July 25, 2011 #

  8. Horrendous Waste of money!!!

    Comment by SV — 6:57 pm July 25, 2011 #

  9. Ugh.

    Comment by Irukandji — 7:55 pm July 25, 2011 #

  10. I bet they drive their cars over 35MPH on 35th too!
    ::RollEyes::

    Comment by Tracy White — 7:55 pm July 25, 2011 #

  11. TR — Is this the year you get your media flight? :-)

    Comment by Bob Loblaw — 8:58 pm July 25, 2011 #

  12. No, but I’ve never requested one and never will. It would kill me. And I’m just not ready for that yet. For anyone in the media who does want extreme G force without the full meal deal, they are offering Fat Albert flyalongs (ever seen it do the big dive)? The only media military flyalong I’ve ever taken was with the Army’s Golden Eagles parachute team, from Travis AFB in Northern California in my early 20s when I was doing small-town radio news. Went up in a cargo plane with no pressurization. Thought my eardrums were going to explode. Can’t wait to hear who the three people chosen for the media/community flyalongs this year are, though. Before I left TV, one of our anchors at 13 went up. All he talked about during and after was how many times he threw up. Glamorous. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 9:02 pm July 25, 2011 #

  13. Yay Blues!!! So excited!!!love them!!!!!!!

    Comment by Cclarue — 9:19 pm July 25, 2011 #

  14. Can’t wait. Worth every penny. Go death machines! God bless america.

    Comment by chris — 10:25 pm July 25, 2011 #

  15. Let”s have some drones buzz the log boom for the ultimate experience!

    Comment by PM — 7:22 am July 26, 2011 #

  16. Yup, it costs a pretty penny to keep them in the air, but I have to admit they are very impressive and beautiful to watch. I see them as less of a representation of America’s military power and more of an example of what can be accomplished with human ingenuity and skill.

    Comment by higgins — 8:15 am July 26, 2011 #

  17. I would rather see money spent on this (Blue Angels, Thunderbirds, Golden Eagles…etc) than see “one red cent” spent on illegal aliens.

    Comment by Ex-Westwood Resident — 9:00 am July 26, 2011 #

  18. To everyone saying the blues are a waste of money, glorifying death, blah blah blah: The blue angels are mainly uesd as a recruiting tool and to stimulate patriotism/American pride. If you are one of those people who dont like our American military, just realize with out them the world would be speaking German!! Or atleast we ,here in America, would be speaking Japanese. I, for one, love our military and AM VERY PROUD to be in a city that hosts avenues (such as the blue angels) for boosting American pride & patriotism. The problem is we have too many people here in Seattle that just like to complain about everything except granola.

    Comment by Nizzle Won — 11:03 am July 26, 2011 #

  19. What a waste of money and what a way to pollute the environment.

    Next it’ll be the boat races to put oil in the lake.

    Comment by Nono — 6:33 pm July 26, 2011 #

  20. Nizzle Won, you have obviously never read any history except the propagana they forced on you in high school. A high school that obviously did not emphasize critical thinking. Educate yourself.

    Comment by godofthebasement — 6:55 pm July 26, 2011 #

  21. great story, TR! thanks for sharing. I myself have never been in any media fly-along more intense than a hot air balloon. Had a chance once while covering NASCAR to go up with the Thunderbirds. Elected to pass. Did head out in a race car though at 180 mph. Nearly peed my pants.
    .
    OK, sorry folks. Back to your regularly scheduled Internet fight over the Blue Angels …

    Comment by Bob Loblaw — 7:18 pm July 26, 2011 #

  22. Dear godofthebasement…having a difference of opinion does not warrant your snide insults. Let’s all remember that our country was founded from war, like it or not. It is the military who helps us to maintain our freedoms, such as the freedom of expression and opinion.
    I hope they fly over W.S. this year, so impressive to see and hear! (sorry for those who are a bit spooked by them)…

    Comment by M. — 9:58 pm July 26, 2011 #

  23. M. — such as godofthebasement’s freedom of expression and opinion as well?

    Comment by Layne — 12:08 pm July 27, 2011 #

  24. godfatherofthebasement…. your response to what I said has no validity to it what so ever. So Germany (Hitler) wasnt trying to take over the world? And Japan never attacked us at Pearl Harbor? Anywho, you sound like the unpatriotic sort who should probably find a new country to reside in.

    Comment by Nizzle Won — 4:13 pm July 27, 2011 #

  25. My appologies to Nizzle Won, that was a little snide.
    .
    But to clarify my view: I’ve seen no evidence that any war the US has fought has been about our freedom. The “war/military is necessary for freedom” line is standard propaganda politicians use to drum up fervor for I’ll-advised wars and bloated military budgets. Politicians, the military, defense contractors, and the CIA are experts at spreading the lie that our freedoms are always somehow under threat. It works like this: keep the people scared and they’ll go along with whatever the military-industrial-political power triumvirate says; they know this and they use fear to exploit us. And it works because not enough of us stand up to challenge it. Their real motivation is to get rich off of our tax money, and they’re not concerned about how many people (including US soldiers) die in the process as long as they keep getting richer.
    .
    So I don’t believe that war and the military keep us free.
    .
    If you want to talk about real freedom, how about freeing taxpayers from our ridiculously bloated military budget? We can start by cutting the Blues.

    Comment by godofthebasement — 6:12 pm July 27, 2011 #

  26. Don’t like the Blue Angels? Stop driving and ride a bike. Oil = War.

    Comment by chadwick — 2:12 pm July 30, 2011 #

  27. Go Blues!

    Right on Nizzle Won!

    Comment by Kap — 4:45 pm July 30, 2011 #

  28. I have a +1 for @ Chris’s comment “Can’t wait. Worth every penny. Go death machines! God bless America.”
    .
    Love the Blue Angles, love Seafair, can’t wait either!

    Comment by Jasperblu — 7:36 pm July 30, 2011 #

  29. I would rather pay for the military than all the entitlement programs like medicaid and Obamacare that’s going to bankrupt this nation you bleeding heart Birkenstock granola godofthebasement. All those do is spread apathy and give people excuses not to do anything or take care of themselves why should they the tax payer will pay for it (France & Greece). Most technological advancements in society have come from the military but those suck I’m sure to you. GO BLUES!

    Comment by thrtruth — 10:16 am August 3, 2011 #

  30. medicaid is what the veterans fighting the three wars look forward to when they need new legs and eyes.

    China owns us, and they didn’t use a war to get us. Learning Chinese is a really good idea.

    so, when people say they don’t like the blue angels–maybe they are saying they like the pirates more. The pirates don’t clip the roof and scare the pets. If they do harm, it is the oil they use–and the fright they give the young ladies they steal from the parade routes. Seafair is, after all, a war between the admirals and the pirates. And it is refreshing that most Seafair pirates are off duty cops–not wall street bankers or politicians.

    Comment by topgunvspirates — 6:12 pm August 3, 2011 #

  31. Just spoke to a director of a homeless shelter and she informed me that:

    1. Each Blue Jet, not including fuel or maintenance or any red tape, just the jet. Costs 21 million dollars.

    2. The average budget for a homeless shelter is 250,000 dollars a year.

    3. Thus: Jet + Fuel + Maintenance = about 30 million dollars a year = 12 homeless shelters a year.

    4. I would choose in large, and by far, to keep 12 shelters from shutting down rather than hear those ridiculous jets emitting that high pitched noise, and polluting all kinds of crap into the air– to recruit?! what?! Yeah… so does it work? Do you see that jet and want your kid to go to Afghanistan? Right.

    Comment by Chase — 10:52 am August 4, 2011 #

  32. Those of you who want to berate me for questioning the government, you’d obviously be happier living in a country where people aren’t allowed to question government. You should get yourself a time machine and go live in the Soviet Union. You would clearly approve of that society where the government could not be questioned.

    Comment by Godofthebasement — 6:20 pm August 8, 2011 #

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