One more time: Blue Angels’ Seafair 2014 finale this afternoon

August 3, 2014 at 3:49 am | In Blue Angels, West Seattle news | 12 Comments

While the Blue Angels‘ Seafair show – performed one final time today – is staged for viewers in the main festival zone on Lake Washington, you don’t have to go that far to catch glimpses and flybys during the show. On Saturday, JayDee photographed the majestic view above from the same place he caught this one:

Yes, those are the 4th Avenue South Costco gas pumps. The “warehouse” parking lot is a decent viewing zone. Of course, Costco is right in the Boeing Field approach. On the west side of BFI’s runway, you’ll get this view as they take off – quick clip courtesy of Lise Thivierge:

And this view as they land (our short iPhone Instagram clip)

Watching from Boeing Field (parking lot on the west side of the runway, just north of the tower) on Saturday afternoon, we noticed more aircraft than years past, in part at least because of Marine Week. The Blue Angels take off at about 1:30 pm; they’re preceded and followed by other aerial acts – listed here – and if you do watch from Boeing Field, facing east, where you can see many of their maneuvers, especially the really high ones, you can follow along with the live stream via your smartphone (though we noticed a significant delay – seemed like at least 10 seconds, which in TV time is forever). Seafair-wise, today is also the final day for ship tours – schedules/locations here.

P.S. Remember the airshow brings one last I-90 closure – 12:15 pm to 2:40 pm.


  1. Love the fist pump from the guy in the red shirt!!!

    Comment by Alki Girl — 4:43 am August 3, 2014 #

  2. AG- it appears that he is taking a smartphone photo above the chain link & below the security wire (barbed or razor wire)
    But I love your enthusiasm.

    Comment by 935 — 6:50 am August 3, 2014 #

  3. scaring pets and owners by flying over neighborhoods

    Comment by michele — 2:32 pm August 3, 2014 #

  4. War planes are not entertainment, nor is this excessive use of fossil fuels responsible

    Comment by jeanne — 4:08 pm August 3, 2014 #

  5. Only caught a few glimpses of them over the weekend but they gave me goosebumps every time! So glad they are back.

    Comment by jwright — 5:45 pm August 3, 2014 #

  6. Love these guys! Can’t wait to see them next year!!

    Comment by j — 7:30 pm August 3, 2014 #

  7. The only think more entertaining than a performance by the Blue Angels are the anti-Blue Angels comments.

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 8:24 pm August 3, 2014 #

  8. Caught them today at the High Point Water Tower. I recall a lot more past Blue Angels’ action over WS. I want to say they used the water tower as a reference point. I remember painting and seeing and hearing them soar right over my skylight. That was about 18 years ago, I think.

    Anyone else remember similarly?

    Comment by blues fan — 9:10 pm August 3, 2014 #

  9. Blues fan – that would have been 1996, when they performed over Elliott Bay instead of over Lake Washington – there was a kerfuffle over safety and so on in the mid-’90s. It came up in one of our other Blue Angels threads again this week. No Blue Angels ’94-’95; right in West Seattle’s “front yard” in ’96. We watched from Hamilton Viewpoint Park that year, with our not-impressed then-baby, who is now an adult. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 10:04 pm August 3, 2014 #

  10. And they are gone as of this am – nice final show:

    Comment by Jana Downing — 11:41 am August 4, 2014 #

  11. Seeing these photos makes me want to move home to Seattle! I miss the best time of year “SEAFAIR” with the Blue Angels! Such articulate, strategic flying to say the least. Gawd I was homesick yesterday! Fly on our Blue Angels!

    Comment by Linda (former Seallite) — 3:34 pm August 4, 2014 #

  12. for the angel protesters, at least you aren’t paraded out like a bunch of sheep and made to stand and watch the show like in your favorite marxist country…

    Comment by Robert — 7:55 am August 6, 2014 #

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