Blue Angels watch: Today, from the Museum of Flight media zone

August 5, 2011 at 12:27 pm | In Blue Angels, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

12:27 PM: After years of watching/covering the Blue Angels from “the fence” just north of where they park at the Museum of Flight, this year we’re in the official media zone for the first time, so we can bring you a slightly different view (no chain link or barbed wire in the way this time). For everyone waiting to find out when they’re going up – if it’s the usual timetable, it’s still a half-hour or so away. We’ll have updates here, plus video of the pilots’ “walkdown” once they’re up. More to come!

12:56 PM: The support crew’s checking out the Angels’ jets now. Showtime nears. Watch the WSB Twitter account for further pre-takeoff updates.

2 PM: Airshow in progress, as you’ve probably heard or seen unless you’re nowhere near the metro area. Here’s our video of the “walkdown” as the pilots head to their jets, in formation:

Still cloudy out here, so they’re doing the “low show,” but Museum of Flight visitors are still glimpsing plenty of flybys. For those who follow the granular details, #7 is flying in place of #5, which landed yesterday shortly after going up for practice. There also was a brief flutter of activity with #6, just before they taxiied for takeoff (we’ll add the taxiing video later, that’s an interesting perspective too). And remember the I-90 bridge is closed until they’re done – the closure’s scheduled till 2:45 though they’ll be done sooner – we’ll make a note here when they are.

ADDED FRIDAY EVENING: Adding photos from David Hutchinson (thank you!) – above and below this line – if you look closely at this next one, you’ll see one of the spots (there are at least two) where something’s been added to the Blue Angels’ paint job this year, a tribute to the Centennial of Naval Aviation:

And last but not least, one more bit of our video. Once the jets were up, we left the “media zone” and went over to the Museum of Flight lawn, where you can catch sight of the planes now and then, most spectacularly just before they land, with the flyby in honor of everyone watching from Boeing Field:

Tomorrow, should be the same timeframe – performance after 1 pm.

8 Comments

  1. Congrats WSB! WE all know you’re legitimate media…maybe next year you can score a backseat ride on one of the media flights!

    Comment by Fiwa Jcbbb — 1:42 pm August 5, 2011 #

  2. Thanks, Fiwa – we never asked before, certainly could have, and funny thing is, some aspects of the view are better from the “public” spot through the chain link and the barbed wire, I’ve decided :) Have no interest in going up, don’t have the stomach for it. We do have somebody scheduled to go up with Fat Albert tomorrow, though :) – TR

    Comment by WSB — 2:00 pm August 5, 2011 #

  3. hate em ! I always fear they are gonna crash into my house when they roar over

    Comment by Paul — 2:10 pm August 5, 2011 #

  4. There are few things in life I would like to do more than get a media flight in #7 someday. Hey, I’m a former news cameraman and work in radio so that should be enough to get me a ride, right? (hah I wish)

    Comment by Mr Matt — 2:53 pm August 5, 2011 #

  5. Man! Fat Albert ! You guys are so lucky! Can’t wait to hear how that goes!!!!

    Comment by karen — 3:27 pm August 5, 2011 #

  6. Hey, Mr. Matt, if your organization put in the request for you, I’d think you’d have a chance. They seem to have dramatically broadened the scope of requests they would grant … seemed like in the past it was ONLY tv people but not any more.

    Comment by WSB — 4:32 pm August 5, 2011 #

  7. Love, love, love! They brightened up a dreary day!

    Comment by iheartblueangels — 6:49 pm August 5, 2011 #

  8. Well, I’m not sure if the show I work for now would be viewed by the Navy as constructive a use for promotion/publicity over other outlets but heck, it’s worth a shot. :) At least we technically have “national media” on our side. Even a ride on Fat Albert would be great.

    Comment by Mr Matt — 3:24 am August 7, 2011 #

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