(SUNDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: New arrival information – go here)
(2009 photo by David DeSiga)
With the biggest events of Seafair set for next weekend – the airshow and hydro races – you might be wondering when the U.S. Navy Blue Angels are arriving. We just received word from Seafair that they’re due in around 7:30 pm tomorrow (Sunday) night. According to the Seafair media alert, “The Blue Angels will fly over the west side of the Seattle coastline, passing the Space Needle, before landing at Boeing Field.” As usual, their practices are set for Thursday and Friday, with the official performances next Saturday and Sunday (August 1-2). More to come.
ADDED: The practice/performance/I-90 closure schedule for Thursday-Sunday, and other info, ahead:
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels #s 1-4 will take off at 9:45 a.m. on Thurs., July 30 from Boeing Field near the Museum of Flight for circle and arrival maneuvers in preparation for the Boeing Seafair Air Show. They will be in the air over the city getting familiar with the area. At 10:35 a.m. #s 5-6 will take off for a look at the South Lake Washington event site. The I-90 Bridge will be closed between 9:45 a.m. and noon.
All Blue Angels jets will return to Boeing Field and be on the ground for a short time. Following that #s 1-6 will take to the air for a practice performance over Lake Washington. Again, the I-90 Bridge will be closed between 1:15 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. for this practice.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY: The I-90 bridge closes the same times all three days:
Fri., July 31- 11:50 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. (practice show) Sat., Aug. 1- 11:50 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. (full show) Sun., Aug. 2 – 11:50 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. (full show)
If you’re not going to Lake Washington but want to catch a glimpse of the jets, there are many possibilities, but it depends on the weather, which dictates into whether they do their “low” or “high” show. As longtime WSB readers know, we recommend going to the Museum of Flight to watch them take off and land (some maneuvers are usually visible during the show, and there’s a flyby toward the end – seen in the following 2014 WSB Instagram clip from a little further north along the west side of Boeing Field):
SECOND ADDITION: In case you wondered, they’ll be coming here from the air show where they’re performing this weekend in Fargo, North Dakota. On Thursday, meantime, another likely-to-be-loud airshow arrival – the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors are due in to Boeing Field at 12:45 pm. As always, since West Seattle is so close to Boeing Field, we’ll reiterate key airshow info in our daily previews all week (here’s the full schedule for those viewing at the lake), and we’ll include the bridge-closure reminders in our daily traffic-watch reports – when I-90 closes, feeder highways (including I-5 just north of here) tend to back up, so it might affect you even if you’re NOT planning to cross the lake.