Semper Fi! US Marine Corps over Seattle

July 30th, 2014 marked the day for the annual Seafair festival Parade of Ships and Parade of Flight on the Seattle waterfront. This was part of Fleet Week but was also Marines Week too and this year it was time for US Marine Corps air power to shine!

USS Howard (DDG 83, U.S. Navy) Seafair Seattle 2014
USS Howard (DDG 83, U.S. Navy) with USMC Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallions over head at the Seafair 2014 Parade of Ships & Parade of Flight

Those of us in the crowd were treated to flyby after flyby of various USMC aircraft. The Bell AH-1Z Viper, Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion, Bell UH-1Y Venom and Boeing CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters along with the impressive Boeing MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft all went past the waterfront and over the ships.

USMC Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor  Seafair 2014
Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability
Bell UH-1Y Venom medium size utility helicopter of the USMC Seafair Seattle 2014
Bell UH-1Y Venom medium size utility helicopter of the USMC
Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallions - the heavy lifter for the USMC Seafair 2014
Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallions – the heavy lifter for the USMC
USMC Boeing CH-46E Sea Knight medium lift twin rotor helicopters are the oldest in the USMC fleet (the CH-46A first entered service in 1964)
USMC Boeing CH-46E Sea Knight medium lift twin rotor helicopters are the oldest in the USMC fleet (the CH-46A first entered service in 1964)
The CH-46E may be getting long in the tooth but they are still a good looking helicopter
The CH-46E may be getting long in the tooth but they are still a good-looking helicopter

Then across Elliot Bay came a mass USMC flyover! All of the helicopters and tilt-rotors were involved.

USMC aviation Mass Flyover Seafair Seattle 2014
Here come the Marines!
Impressive USMC, very impressive!
Impressive USMC, very impressive!

One after the other they flew by in an impressive cavalcade of USMC airpower. What a great afternoon!

USMC Super Stallions, Sea Knight,Venom and Vipers Seattle Seafair 2014
Super Stallions, Sea Knight, Venom and Vipers
USMC Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallions and Boeing CH-46E Sea Knight
Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallions and Boeing CH-46E Sea Knight
Sea Knights and Super Stallions the big boys of USMC helicopter aviaton
Sea Knights and Super Stallions the big boys of USMC helicopter aviation
USMC The Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion is one of the largest helicopters in military service around the world
The Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion is one of the largest helicopters in military service around the world
USMC Bell AH-1Z Vipers (the latest variant of Cobra gunship) and a Bell UH-1Y Venom
Bell AH-1Z Vipers (the latest variant of Cobra gunship) and a Bell UH-1Y Venom

The Osprey tilt-rotors are an impressive aircraft to watch in flight. Part helicopter, part conventional aircraft with the versatility of vertical take off and landing coupled with the higher speed and range of a turbo-prop aircraft. They are an amazing piece of machinery.

USMC Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey Seafair Seattle 2014
USMC Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey
The massive engines and rotors of the MV-22 Osprey USMC
The massive engines and rotors of the MV-22
The MV-22 Ospreys return to base
The MV-22 Ospreys return to base

The only thing missing was the USMC fast jets. Rest assured McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II V/STOL attack jets will be flying during the Seafair Boeing Air Show for sure!

Goodbye Marines
Goodbye Marines
Mass USMC Flyover Seattle 2014
Oorah!
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2 thoughts on “Semper Fi! US Marine Corps over Seattle

  1. Helos! Like motorcycles you don’t have to be sane to use them but it sure helps! These massed flybys must have been fantastic to hear and feel 🙂

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    1. I am heading down to Museum of Flight tomorrow for a closer look at the USMC aircraft and equipment (based there for Marines Week). It was a great display over the bay!

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