The Blue Angels At Seattle Seafair

Seafair is Seattle’s traditional summer festival. A month-long, region-wide barbecue, that brings an entire community together in celebration. For over 60 years Seafair has been about community events, parades, Miss Seafair, the Navy and Coast Guard, amateur athletics, airplanes and of course, boat racing.

While Seafair offers tons of different activities, the two main ones are the hydroplane race and the US Navy flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels. The Blue Angels represent the finest from the Navy and Marine Corps. Each member is hand-picked from the fleet to be part of the Blue Angels team. Every year, this select group begins a two or three-year rotation traveling across the country and around the world to perform at events like Seafair.

A total of 16 officers voluntarily serves with the Blue Angels. Each year the team typically selects three tactical (fighter or fighter/attack) jet pilots, two support officers and one Marine Corps C-130 pilot to relieve departing members.

The Chief of Naval Air Training selects the “Boss,” the Blue Angels Commanding Officer. Boss must have at least 3,000 tactical jet flight-hours and have commanded a tactical jet squadron. The Commanding Officer flies the Number 1 jet. Navy and Marine Corps jet pilots with an aircraft carrier qualification and a minimum of 1,250 tactical jet flight-hours are eligible for positions flying jets Number 2 through 7. The Events Coordinator, Number 8, is a Naval Flight Officer or a Weapons Systems Officer who meets the same criteria as Numbers 2 through 7. The Marine Corps pilots flying the C-130T Hercules aircraft, affectionately known as “Fat Albert,” must be aircraft commander qualified with at least 1,200 flight hours. Blue Angels officers return to the fleet after their tours of duty.

The Blue Angels have flown over 10 different aircraft in the team’s 65 year history. Originally, the team flew four aircraft in the signature “Diamond” formation and expanded to six aircraft to showcase both the diamond and solos high performance capability as well as the precision formation flying taught to all Naval Aviators. Today, the squadron flies the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet and the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules (Fat Albert).

Blue Angels

Blue Angels

Blue Angels

Blue Angels

For Seafair, the Blue Angels performed over Lake Washington, between the I-90 bridge, which is closed to traffic during the performance.

I90 Bridge closed for the Blue Angels


41 thoughts on “The Blue Angels At Seattle Seafair”

  1. MykeTech says:

    Wow that’s awesome.. I remember a friend telling me about the blue angels! Nice pictures John.. looks like it was a awesome event.

    1. We have had here too by National Air Force Team. Awesome Stuff.

    2. Cool and beautiful flight pictures.

    1. Gift Ideas says:

      really very nice perfect performs. I like wonderful timing.

      1. Yes they are quite expert in it … No doubt about that.

  2. imould says:

    Nice picture !
    I like

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Me too! It seems like Seattle is such an amazing place to live, especially in the summertime. The picture are great.

      1. Yes this one is happening place and would love to spend some time at there …

    2. Yeah no doubt nice but bit creepy …!!

  3. Pictures looks so superb but missed of watching it

  4. Very interesting to watch airfield show

  5. Erwin Miradi says:

    Those things kill people right? Why didn’t they name it Blue Devil instead? 😀

    1. John Chow says:

      Because the Blue Devil was the codename for the Corvette ZR1. 🙂

      1. Erwin Miradi says:

        Okay I agree then. Corvette ZR1 looks a lot more awesomely evil anyway.

  6. Essays says:

    Blue Angels inspire many young Americans to join forces. Their image matters a lot to the future of American armed forces. I was reading some where, that around 10% of their pilots gave live during these shows.

    1. 10% Lives …. Boy that is really scary percentage. Surprise to see that they are still organising these kind of events.

  7. fas says:

    That is so difficult to do but very well pulled off.

  8. Who has taken those pictures? you are turning pro in clicking arena too.

  9. fazal mayar says:

    nice pics, i like jets a lot 🙂

  10. Virtual Tour says:

    Looks like a really cool event!

  11. I love to watch this action in our country

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Agreed. Looks like a fun activity for the weekend. Definitely lots of action going on!

      1. Erwin Miradi says:

        Yeah you’re lucky you have that kinda performance for weekends in your country. In my country we watch unofficial street race action, and they are extremely slow.

  12. expecting to see here, good one mate.

  13. PPC Ian says:

    Great pictures, the Blue Angels are awesome! I saw them when I was a kid. Looks like a lot of fun, would definitely like to go to an air show and see them again.

    1. Mike says:

      absolutely, fantastic pics there John. definately looks like a great day out

    2. Erwin Miradi says:

      Yeah it looks great. I always believe that the pilots are really the chosen ones. I can’t imagine myself flying upside down like that. I would puke on my hair..

  14. The skill they must have to fly that close together is amazing. Rather them than me.

  15. Wow great skill indeed.

  16. Really interesting video & the mission of the Blue Angels is to enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting.

  17. I wanna fly it if so it’s a huge thing for me.

  18. video shows how the pilots showing there efforts for there country

  19. Look at their rhythm … simply awesome.

    Slight mistake and they all gone …

    1. if they don’t have any understanding thats it

  20. Ferias or summer parties is always fun to visit and participate.

  21. Great efforts by navy people hands off to them

  22. every navy men has showed there efforts

  23. We should salute the Navy guys as they are putting the life in risk

  24. who2india says:

    Simply amazing pics!!

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