Blue Angels practice = increased commercial air traffic over West Seattle

(Photo by Jamie Kinney, from Blue Angels’ Seattle arrival on Wednesday)

12:26 PM: Particularly if you’re in south West Seattle, you’ve likely noticed the increase in air traffic the past hour and a half or so. No, it’s not just the Blue Angels, but it’s because of them – route changes for Sea-Tac takeoffs. Today is the longest practice day for the Blue Angels, so this will be happening through 3 pm or so. (And for those who have asked, no, the practices do NOT require I-90 bridge closures any more, so this isn’t affecting traffic on the ground.) The full Seafair airshow, with other visiting aircraft, happens Friday-Sunday – schedule here.

ADDED THURSDAY EVENING: A closer look from Alki photographer David Hutchinson, in a popular viewing spot – the Costco parking lot:

5 Replies to "Blue Angels practice = increased commercial air traffic over West Seattle"

  • Rhonda August 3, 2023 (12:43 pm)

    The airliners are flying right over our living room here in Arbor Heights. Our neighbor is a commercial aviation buff so he’s pretty excited.

  • newnative August 3, 2023 (1:07 pm)

    I’m working in Lower Queen Anne facing east and I’m noticing a lot more commercial traffic at a higher altitude and further east too. 

  • Kersti Elisabeth Muul August 3, 2023 (1:50 pm)


  • Jean Tracy August 5, 2023 (1:07 pm)

    Blue Angel practice is acceptable however noise has been mounting in the evening on a regular basis.  Go to Airnoise to file noise complaints when they happen.  It’s a great program that detects real time flights with distance and altitude.  It files the complaint with pertinent data.   I got for my phone but there are other links for desktop.We have to keep on top of this so please complain when you can.  

  • Jean Tracy August 5, 2023 (1:10 pm)

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