Blue Angels arrive today with Space Needle photo op at 6:30pm

Seafair has seemed to sneak up this year! Next weekend is the first in August, and the Blue Angels are slated to perform at Seafair. Their scheduled performances are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – but they arrive in Seattle early this evening.

Here’s the info on today’s arrival and flyovers, including a Space Needle photo op at 6:30pm:

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, are scheduled to conduct a flyover of downtown Seattle near the Space Needle for a team photo shoot, Sunday, July 26, 2015.

The Blue Angels will fly the squadron’s six-jet F/A-18 Hornet Delta Formation over downtown Seattle from south to north, then north to south at least two times. The jets will fly this formation on the west of the Space Needle, with a seventh jet flying alongside as a photo platform.

The flyover will be visible to the general public. The photo shoot is scheduled to take place at approximately 6:30 p.m. PST.

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Get ready to hear the roar and find a good spot to watch them perform over downtown tonight!

Blue Angels to fly by Space Needle on Monday

UPDATE: if you were like me and sat in the hot sun at Kerry Park… the Blue Angels were a no-show! Why? According to KIRO: “The F/A-18s were planning to fly over the waterfront and by the Space Needle before landing at Boeing Field but ran short on time.”

The Blue Angels are arriving tomorrow for their scheduled Seafair performances. They’re also going to be in the skies around Seattle (and Queen Anne) tomorrow, Monday, July 28th.

According to KIRO, the Blue Angels will be flying over Seattle tomorrow afternoon. They’re scheduled to pass the Space Needle around 12:30pm – a photo opportunity for the media, fans, and both professional and amateur photographers. Expect views similar to this Queen Anne View photo from 2011, taken from Kerry Park:

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The Blue Angels Seafair schedule is as follows (reminder: I-90 closed)

  1. Practice and I-90 Closures: Thursday 9:45 a.m. to noon; 1:15 to 2:40pm
  2. Practice and I-90 Closures: Friday 12:15 to 2:40pm
  3. Performances and I-90 Closures: Saturday & Sunday 12:15pm to 2:40pm

What’s that roar? Blue Angels are back in town

The four-day run of the Blue Angels begins today (Thursday), and that means Queen Anne neighbors will occasionally feel the roar of a jet buzzing over the Hill. The Blue Angels practice today and tomorrow, then conduct their full shows on Saturday and Sunday.

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The Blue Angels over the Space Needle, as seen from Kerry Park last year

The Angels practice today from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. On Friday, they practice from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. And then Saturday and Sunday Blue Angels shows run 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. each day.

And remember, the I-90 bridge will be closing during the practice periods.

Photos of the Blue Angels from Queen Anne

We joined about 100 others at Kerry Park on Queen Anne to watch the Blue Angels strut their stuff on Sunday. As always, it’s a game of hit-and-miss — a 30 minute program includes four or five exhilarating fly-overs — with the rest of the show over Lake Washington. Here are our best shots (click for larger):

Hope you had a great Seafair weekend!

Get ready for Seafair fly-overs next week

The Blue Angels are coming to town next week for Seafair and there’s a special military show next Wednesday over Elliott Bay.

The Blue Angels as seen from Queen Anne in 2010

August 1: 8:10 a.m. Blue Angel no. 7 aircraft arrives
August 1: 12 and 1:30-3 p.m. Blue Angel no. 7 conducts media flights
August 2: Blue Angel team arrival along with other air show aircraft
August 3: 12 p.m. Blue Angel media flights
1:45-2:30 military aircraft fly over the Parade of Ships on Elliott Bay
August 4: Air show practice flights:
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
1:20 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
August 5: Air show practice flights:
1:30 p.m.- 3 p.m.
August 6: Air show performance: 1:30-3 p.m.
August 7: Air show performance: 1:30-3 p.m.
August 9: Mid-morning, Blue Angel team will depart

The military aircraft fly-over on Wednesday includes EA Prowlers, P3 Orion’s, and Harrier jets – all known to be loud and flying low.

A view of the Blue Angels from Queen Anne

The view from Kerry Park here on Queen Anne is always spectacular, but add the Blue Angels in the sky, and it’s something special.

Compared to last year, the Blue Angels gave Queen Anne more of a show, occasionally angling over the city during the show over Lake Washington.

The thunderous roar could be heard (and nearly felt) across the neighborhood.

The clouds began to clear, offering a better view than Saturday.

About 100 people came out to the park to watch.

At one point, a lone jet streaked low across the sky directly over Kerry Park, drawing a surprise from spectators.

One of the treats of watching the Blue Angels from up on the hill is the planes often appeared to zoom between downtown buildings as they flew through South Seattle. Have a photo to share? Send it to tips@queenanneview.com.

The Blue Angels are back in town

The Blue Angels are back in town for their annual airshow at Seafair.

The Navy F/A-18 performers will be practicing today and tomorrow before their official shows this weekend.

Here is the I-90 closure information for those heading to/from the Eastside or if you’d like to head down to see the Blue Angels up close.

  • Thursday, August 5 – 9:45 a.m. to noon, and 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 6 – 12:45 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7 & 8 – 12:45 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.
  • Where is your favorite place to watch the Blue Angels?