SEAFAIR: Blue Angels arrive in Seattle

1:10 PM: Thanks to Kevin for the photo (and Gill for the tip by phone) – the Blue Angels are back in Seattle. A few reminders: They’re based at Boeing Field but near the terminal, NOT in the publicly viewable areas of years past, because of the bigger new jets and the equipment required for them … They’ll be practicing Thursday (added: times)

Thursday, August 4
11:00 AM – #1-4 Practice Flight
12:00 PM – #5-6 Practice Flight
2:20 PM – #1-6 Practice Flight
3:20 PM – Fat Albert Practice Flight

And they’ll be flying their performance routine Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (3:05 pm is the scheduled time those three days) … no freeway closures but you’ll likely notice different air-traffic patterns over West Seattle when they’re flying … the Museum of Flight has a special (admission required) Jet Blast Bash event (with pilot-autograph sessions promised) all weekend.

ADDED 2:53 PM: Thanks to Monica Zaborac for sending these photos:

(That middle photo is “Fat Albert,” the Blue Angels’ support plane.)

20 Replies to "SEAFAIR: Blue Angels arrive in Seattle"

  • jim August 3, 2022 (1:27 pm)

    But I don’t see fat Albert – the C-130 support ship.  Worked at North Boeing Field for a while and it was always interesting to see a person walking around on the tail while they were still taxying in.

    • Odd son August 3, 2022 (2:51 pm)

      I saw her. She was a little ahead of the delta formation and #7 after they turned around over Bainbridge. Maybe fat albert landed first?

    • Monica Zaborac August 3, 2022 (2:57 pm)

      Fat Albert flew in too. I sent the blog a picture of Fat Albert.

    • Svenry August 3, 2022 (4:20 pm)

      I was right underneath at Hangar Cafe as it came in on final approach to Boeing field at 12:33. Wasn’t expecting it, so no photo/video unfortunately.

  • Brandy August 3, 2022 (1:28 pm)

    Saw them over downtown Bainbridge Island around 12:50.  I do not recall ever seeing them fly over the Island, but then again I’m old and forget things :)

    • Odd son August 3, 2022 (2:48 pm)

      I saw them flying over Bainbridge from WS today and thought it was different. They usually approach Boeing field from the north. I think it was 2019 when they approached from the south then flew by again from the north. Glad you got to see them.

    • Monica Zaborac August 3, 2022 (2:59 pm)

      They flew in from the east side of the Space Needle and headed towards Bainbridge to prepare for their official fly by of Seattle.

  • Kay August 3, 2022 (2:01 pm)

    So excited for them to be back!

  • Christopher Boffoli August 3, 2022 (4:35 pm)

    The sight of Fat Albert always reflexively makes  me want to reach for an air sickness bag.

  • James August 4, 2022 (2:45 pm)

    When do they shut up? Impossible to work. I hate this.

    • WSB August 4, 2022 (2:59 pm)

      The schedule is in the story. Last scheduled flight is Fat Albert around 3:30, though I don’t know if today’s weather altered the schedule. Depending on where you are in West Seattle, it’s redirected commercial air traffic that’s been generating some noise the past half-hour or so. By the way, there’s a phone number you can call to complain about air-show-related noise, according to the Blue Angels blurb on the Boeing Field website:

    • Matt August 5, 2022 (7:44 am)

      Is this your first summer here? Mark your calendar and maybe next year consider taking a short vacation. Probably wouldn’t have to go much farther than the San Juans or Eastern Wa. Canada, maybe? Life is short. 

    • momosmom August 5, 2022 (7:59 am)

      Maybe if you were really working and not reading and complaining on the blog you’d get some work done. And I think its more the commercial jets that are distracting than the Blues, the Blues go over and they’re gone, commercials go over and seem to just hover forever, yes I know they don’t but compared to the Blues they do and that is more distracting than the Blue Angels.

  • boo August 4, 2022 (4:57 pm)

    Who asked for this? Not me. Obnoxious. Why would anyone wanna re-create being in a war zone? Weird “fun”.

    • WS Res August 4, 2022 (11:40 pm)

      Good question. 

  • 935 August 4, 2022 (6:19 pm)

    AAAANNND cue the “booo-birds”

    Go ANGELS!! Fly high!!

  • Jenny August 4, 2022 (6:58 pm)

    Was on the beach waiting to see them practice this morning at 11. I assume due to the weather the schedule changed? Did they get out there today? 

    • Monica Zaborac August 4, 2022 (9:50 pm)

      They did come out today. See one of 1300 pictures I took today.

  • James August 5, 2022 (11:38 am)

    Blue Angels are emitting 745,056 lbs of CO2 in a two-day period, not including practice flights and not including the carbon footprint of the hydroplanes, which also run on jet fuel.  

  • Robert J Schmidt August 5, 2022 (1:31 pm)


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