Seafair Sunday: Blue Angels fly, but without ‘Fat Albert’

August 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm | In Blue Angels, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

After that Museum of Flight flyby, the Blue Angels landed at Boeing Field about 15 minutes ago, concluding their Seafair 2011 performances. No “Fat Albert” today, though – the C-130 always goes up before the six F/A-18′s, but that didn’t happen today because of what official Seafair station KIRO reported via Twitter was a “maintenance issue.” (Good thing WSB’s Christopher Boffoli chose Saturday for his flight – see his story here with video and photos, if you haven’t already.) We watched today’s pre-takeoff events from the fence facing the six jets’ parking area – a closer view than the media zone:

For our fellow aviation fans, we’ll be in touch with Seafair to find out when they’re flying out; next weekend, they’re scheduled to perform in Fargo, North Dakota.

ADDED: Seafair says they’re expected to leave Tuesday morning, but will doublecheck the time on Monday. Meantime, one more great photo, from David Hutchinson:

As he captioned it … “show’s over.”

4 Comments

  1. golly, that top photo is so sweet. Aces.

    Comment by Admiral935 — 2:39 pm August 7, 2011 #

  2. My three galleries of pictures from this weekend

    http://jimclark.smugmug.com/Hydroplanes/Seafair-2011/18393142_NWVF35

    http://jimclark.smugmug.com/Airplanes/AirShows/Seafair-2011-Airshow/18363691_75dsH8

    http://jimclark.smugmug.com/Events/Seafair-Fleet-Arrival-2011/18363700_6pQdkC

    Comment by clark5080 — 3:42 pm August 7, 2011 #

  3. HEY!!!
    That’s my daughter, my youngest son and me in the top photo watching the “Blues” conduct the “carrier break” that signals the end of the show prior to landing.
    My son and I have been going to watch them for 10 years in a row now. We have 10 years of posters all signed by the pilots!

    Comment by Ex-Westwood Resident — 10:08 am August 8, 2011 #

  4. Gosh, EWR, if I’d have known, I’d have said hi. I have watched from Museum of Flight so many years myself, I know when to get into position to watch that final flyby – had been hanging out on the museum lawn till seeing them head back over the ridge in the all-six configuration that represents their final pass over the lake, at which time I wandered over to the parking lot, thinking it might be a nice shot right over the B-17. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 10:16 am August 8, 2011 #

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