The Blue Angels & warbirds grace the skies for Seafair 2012

In August each year Seattle hosts Seafair, a huge festival involving many events, but my favourite part is the Boeing Air Show held over Lake Washington. The key performer each year is the US Navy demonstration team the “Blue Angels“.

US Navy Blue Angels Seafair 2012
The US Navy Blue Angels

This year I didn’t actually attend the main area of the show which is accompanied with Hydro boat races. Instead I found a spot high on the hill near a bridge that crosses the lake. This is also a main cross over point for the air displays do it gave an interesting and different perspective on the show (for free!). The “Blue Angels” are accompanied with historic warbirds, aerobatic performances, helicopters, and military jets.

Boeing C-17 Seafair 2012
Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
Curtiss P-40C Tomahawk Flying Heritage Collection
Curtiss P-40C Tomahawk from the Flying Heritage Collection
P-47 P-51D P-40C Flying Heritage Collection Seafair Seattle 2012
A P-47D Thunderbolt, P-51D Mustang and P-40C Tomahawk from the Flying Heritage Collection
USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II Seafair Seattle 2012
USAF Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II
Seafair Boeing Air Show 2012 Aerobatics
An impressive aerobatic display
Aerobatic performer Seafair 2012
Low flying aerobatic crossover!
Seafair Boeing Air Show 2012
But they can go lower!
Douglas A-26 Invader Seafair Seattle 2012
Douglas A-26 Invader
USCG HH-65
US Coast Guard HH-65
Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet Seafair 2012
Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet

An important component prior to any “Blue Angels” performance is their famous support aircraft “Fat Albert“. A Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport that is put through its paces by expert US Marine Corps pilots.

C-130 Fat Albert USMC Seafair Seattle 2012
Fat Albert

The “Blue Angels” flying demonstration includes plenty of low and high passes over the lake to keep the crowd highly entertained!

US Navy Blue Angels Seafair 2012 diamond pass
Blue Angels diamond pass
US Navy Blue Angels
Passing by Bellevue
F/A-18 Hornet US Navy Blue Angels Seafair Seattle 2012
Nice formation pass
High formation US Navy Blue Angels
High formation roll
US Navy Blue Angels Hornet Seafair 2012
Break!
F/A-18 Hornet US Navy Blue Angels
The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet of the Blue Angels
Low crossover pass US Navy Blue Angels Seafair Lake Washington
A low crossover pass
US Navy Blue Angels F/A-Hornet
Breaking 6 ship pass
High speed pass US Navy Blue Angels Seafair 2012
High speed pass
US navy Blue Angels F/A-18 520 Bridge Lake Washington Sea Fair
Thanks Blue Angels!
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