West Seattle scene: C-17′s Alki flyby at sunset

August 13, 2013 at 10:15 pm | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

Thanks to Debra Salazar Herbst from Alki Beach Daily Sunsets for allowing us to use her photo of the military plane whose low Alki flyby drew some attention tonight. Several people messaged us to ask about it; we also obtained some information via Twitter, because what was apparently the same plane also caught some eyes/ears in Whatcom County. It’s reported to have been a C-17 from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.


  1. it wasn’t loud at all – it was almost silent. doubt very much this was a standard C-17.

    Comment by spencer — 10:43 pm August 13, 2013 #

  2. Yup a C-17

    Comment by JimClark — 10:55 pm August 13, 2013 #

  3. Thanks, Spencer, though we were on Beach Drive at the time we didn’t see/hear this – maybe it was more the sensation of the low-flying plane than the sound, for those who mentioned it to us – TR

    Comment by WSB — 10:59 pm August 13, 2013 #

  4. High bypass turbofans like what the C17 has are remarkably relatively quiet – that’s the point. Noise reduction, endurance and good gas mileage vs. OH MAN GO REAL FAST REAL HIGH REAL HARD.

    Comment by Mr Matt — 12:22 am August 14, 2013 #

  5. We were outside in SW White Center when it went over, it might not of been loud, but we all noticed it.

    Comment by Sally — 8:25 am August 14, 2013 #

  6. About two months ago during the daytime I saw a C-17 heading south over Alki Point at about 500ft. I watched it head straight down the sound – I’m assuming for a landing at JBLM. It was fairly quiet…the attraction was the low altitude of such a large plane – very cool to watch.

    Comment by Lou — 9:08 am August 14, 2013 #

  7. Thanks so much for posting. Found out my cousin was flying her C17. Bummed I missed it. So proud of her. She’s amazing, as are all those who serve!

    Comment by Sparkle Plenty — 12:08 pm August 14, 2013 #

  8. I think something like this flew over at 2:20 am this morning – low, slow and loud for a long time coming and going. Got up and saw it from the deck. The dog thought it was thunder.

    Comment by linda — 1:17 pm August 14, 2013 #

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