Seafair in West Seattle: Fleet arrival before parade tomorrow; Blue Angels technicians @ South Seattle College on Friday

Two Seafair/U.S. Navy notes:

FLEET ARRIVING, PARADE TOMORROW: Thanks to Lynn Hall for that photo of the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) arriving today in advance of the Seafair Parade of Ships tomorrow and tours Thursday-Sunday. As first previewed here last week, the Dewey is one of seven ships (U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Canadian Navy) you’ll see in the seagoing parade, which should pass West Seattle’s north-facing shores around 1 pm tomorrow.

BLUE ANGELS TECHNICIANS AT SSC ON FRIDAY: Three years ago, we covered a Blue Angels pilot and support-crew member speaking at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) on Seafair Friday. This year, two technicians from the support team are due at SSC, which says the presentation is open to the public:

Two US Navy Blue Angels technicians will hold an hour-long presentation and audience Q&A at South Seattle College on Friday, July 31, to provide a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes support that goes into Blue Angels performances, including the Seafair shows this weekend.

The presentation occurs from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on July 31 in the Olympic Hall Auditorium at South’s West Seattle campus. The free event is open to the public, with limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Petty Officer of the Navy 1st Class Zoltan Prestridge (aviation maintenance control team) and Petty Officer of the Navy 2nd Class Cyrille Sandusky (aviation electrician crew chief) will discuss the background and training that led to their position with the Blue Angels, and what it’s like to ensure the safety of pilots’ planes as they perform aerial stunts.

The Blue Angels’ visit was coordinated by the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM) Chapter 19, a student club made up of female aeronautical technicians in training at South. Whether training in the Aviation Maintenance Technology or Aerospace Composite Technology programs at the college, the experience will be memorable for South aviation students.

“We share an industry and a passion (with the speakers) … and their experiences are highly educational and motivational for all of us,” AWAM club member Sherry Loeser said.

Olympic Hall is on the south end of the campus (6000 16th SW). The Blue Angels’ practice airshow that day isn’t until 1:40 pm, enabling the technicians to visit in the morning.

5 Replies to "Seafair in West Seattle: Fleet arrival before parade tomorrow; Blue Angels technicians @ South Seattle College on Friday"

  • mozabo July 28, 2015 (10:28 pm)

    The Blue Angels are suppose to do a flyover during the Mariners game on Wednesday according to their FB page. Do you know what time that will be?

    • WSB July 28, 2015 (10:48 pm)

      Mozabo – I just checked around, and this story mentions a Whidbey flyover expected around 1:30 pm “after” the Mariners flyover. So I’m thinking it’s toward the start of the game. because heaven knows, for the Blue Angels, Whidbey Island is just a couple minutes away from Safeco Field. Thanks for the heads-up; the original schedule mentioned “influencer” and media flights tomorrow but those are usually just one jet. This **also** would make sense in context of the Parade of Ships – extra reason to watch if you can – we’ll be covering it from the West Seattle shore – TR
      UPDATE: Seafair has sent a media advisory late tonight, estimating the flyby at 12:30 pm.

  • mozabo July 28, 2015 (11:41 pm)

    Thanks. I was thinking it might be around the start of the game.

  • Joe August 1, 2015 (12:27 pm)

    Do active duty servicemembers get into the seafair free of charge?

    • WSB August 1, 2015 (1:13 pm)

      I don’t know! Would look it up at http;// if I were in the office…

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