Wondering when the Blue Angels arrive in Seattle for Seafair 2016?

(August 2015 photo by Steve Jensen)

The first questions have landed in the WSB inbox and we have the answer, from Seafair spokesperson Emily Cantrell: The Blue Angels are expected to arrive in Seattle on Monday (August 1st) afternoon, around 1 pm, but she warns that could change – a bit earlier, a bit later. It’s been an unusual season for the Blue Angels overall, with the team’s first fatal crash in nine years killing U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Jeff Kuss during a practice flight for a Tennessee airshow almost two months ago. The demonstration team resumed its 2016 schedule a month later, flying with a modified five-jet routine.

This week, they’re in Anchorage for Arctic Thunder 2016, the Blue Angels’ first appearance at that airshow in six years. Next week, after their expected Monday arrival, you’ll see them in the sky around town for scouting and media flights, and then Thursday (August 4th) through Sunday (August 7th) are the big days. While they’re here, they’re based by the Museum of Flight toward the south side of Boeing Field, and that’s where you can watch them take off and land (in our opinion, a don’t-miss, unless you’re in the Blue Angels-disliking camp); the MoF is planning a bigger-than-ever festival in conjunction with the visit. More as this all gets closer.

9 Replies to "Wondering when the Blue Angels arrive in Seattle for Seafair 2016?"

  • Tamea Duckworth July 28, 2016 (5:01 pm)

    Thanks for the update! You guys are awesome! WS would be lost without you! ;)

  • al August 1, 2016 (6:42 am)

    when does fat albert fly in?

  • M August 1, 2016 (12:18 pm)

    Are the Blue Angels going to do a flyby over Seattle like last year when they arrived?

    • WSB August 1, 2016 (12:58 pm)

      They usually do. Re: updated time, I’m asking, but ‘official Seafair station’ ch 7 says 1:40ish

  • Seattlite4Lyfe August 2, 2016 (8:10 am)

    What time do they takeoff for practice? I want to watch them takeofff at Boeing Field.

    • WSB August 2, 2016 (8:59 am)

      S4L – they practice on Thursday and Friday, roughly coinciding with the traffic-alert times for I-90 closures. Thursday is two sessions – the first one involves scouting the area and planning – Friday, it’s more like a dress rehearsal of the actual show. Having watched the takeoffs and landings there many times, I’d advise getting there early, like 11:45. The takeoff time might vary this year with the five-jet plan but in the past it’s been between 12:30 and 1:30 – TR

  • j k connors August 2, 2016 (12:01 pm)

    Is there a place in West Seattle  that has a good vantage point to see the Blues fly during Sat. or Sunday?

    • jason August 2, 2016 (12:11 pm)

      W. Seattle is not a great place to see much action.  You can get a pretty good view of any flybys from the top of the hill at Jack Block Park.

  • julie mineard August 4, 2016 (8:13 am)

    We received tickets for the Sunday show but not sure where to go as there isn’t an address on the tickets. Is it museum of flight? Please advise. Julie @ jm_mineard@yahoo.com

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