This coming weekend is Seafair weekend. This consists of many things, the main ones being the hydro races and the airshow with the Blue Angels.
I just happen to work for the company that helps to sponsor part of the airshow so I get the privilege of watching the blue angels practice all week above my work and they are kept on our work property. I have been watching them my entire life, so for me, this is a treat to be able to get up and close to see them. I ventured out today to take a closer look and snap a few pictures:
If you’re in the Seattle area this weekend, you should take advantage of all the fun and festivities that are going on with Seafair. You can get the specifics on their website too at:
If you are interested in aviation history, the story behind the blue angels is really interesting and a part of history:
**In 1946, the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Chester Nimitz, had a vision to create a flight exhibition team in order to raise the public’s interest in naval aviation and boost Navy morale. In the 1940’s, we thrilled audiences with our precision combat maneuvers in the F6 Hellcat, the F8 Bearcat and the F9 Panther. During the 1950’s, we refined our demonstration with aerobatic maneuvers in the F9 Cougar and F-11 Tiger and introduced the first six-plane delta formation, still flown to this day. By the end of the 1960’s, we were flying the F-4 Phantom, the only two seat aircraft flown by the delta formation. In 1974, we transitioned to the A-4 Skyhawk, a smaller and lighter aircraft with a tighter turning radius allowing for a more dynamic flight demonstration. In 1986, we celebrated our 40th Anniversary by unveiling the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet, which we still fly to this day.
In 1949, it became necessary for the Blue Angels to operate a support aircraft to move personnel and equipment between show sites. These support aircraft including the Douglas R4D Sky Train, the Curtiss R5C Commando, the Douglas R5D Skymaster, and the Lockheed C-121 Super Constellation. In 1970 the team received the Lockheed Martin C-130, affectionately known as “Fat Albert.”**
I hope that everyone gets the chance to see the Blue Angels fly in person. It is a show that you will never forget!