Video: Blue Angels return, and more sights in the sky

July 28, 2014 at 7:33 pm | In Blue Angels, West Seattle news | 9 Comments

If you’ve been reading WSB for more than a few years, you know we recommend the Museum of Flight, alongside Boeing Field, as your base for Blue Angels viewing during Seafair week. That’s where the Navy demonstration team takes off from, lands at, and parks during its Seafair visit. And that’s who recorded the video in our top clip, as the Blue Angels arrived today for the first visit since 2012 (military budget-belt-tightening canceled their season last year). Their major practicing doesn’t start until Thursday, but if you want to go see what they look like parked, the MoF is your place these next few days.

But as noted here over the weekend, they’re not the only sights in the sky, and Gary Jones caught another one (two-in-one) today:

Two Chinook U.S. Marine Corps helicopters buzzed Alki Point, as Marine Week continues, part of the Seafair events.

Marine Corps aircraft will be on display at the MoF starting Wednesday, continuing through the weekend.


  1. I saw two Osprey change prop configuration today by the South Seattle Transfer Station for landing at Boeing Field. Pretty cool thing to see.

    Comment by timh2o — 8:15 pm July 28, 2014 #

  2. i think those are sea knights, not chinooks.

    Comment by rob — 12:25 am July 29, 2014 #

  3. Looking it up … one big difference is that these are U.S. Marine Corps aircraft. So, fixing! Thanks!

    Comment by WSB — 12:32 am July 29, 2014 #

  4. Yep, afaik marines use the ch46 sea knight which is also made by Boeing. Similar to ch47 Chinook but not as big.

    Comment by rob — 12:41 am July 29, 2014 #

  5. Yay…Blue Angels are so cool!

    Comment by gh — 7:16 am July 29, 2014 #

  6. I really miss that year the Blue Angles did not perform.

    Comment by citizen — 8:44 am July 29, 2014 #

  7. There’ve actually been 3 in recent history – 1994 and 1995 (then in ’96 they performed over Elliott Bay – we watched from Hamilton Viewpoint, first time we’d seen them, and it was a very bad choice to bring our then-6-month-old), and 2013.

    Comment by WSB — 8:48 am July 29, 2014 #

  8. I believe it said yesterday that the Marine CH-53E Super Stallion, was also going to be here. My son was attached to a CH-53 squadron at MCAS Miramar and I had the opportunity to take a private tour of one. Talk about a big bird!

    Comment by Elisaid — 11:45 am July 29, 2014 #

  9. Awesome sights! Just watched the parade of ships and now the air show – would love it if the Blue Angels did a fly-by just once, right about now… Love everything about Seafair, especially the Blues… Life-long Seattle-ite 56 years now, oh my! (But it never gets old!)

    Comment by LovinSeattleSun — 2:25 pm July 30, 2014 #

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