Seafair 2016: Boeing Air Show – US Navy Blue Angels

From practice sessions to the Seafair Boeing Air Show, it was great to see the US Navy Blue Angels McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C/D Hornet’s flying over Seattle and Lake Washington once again! As always the Blues put on a fantastic flying display and one I never tire of! I attended Friday and Sunday – Friday was nice and sunny but Sunday was unfortunately a bit gloomy for much of the day.

FRIDAY AUGUST 5th, 2016

Here come the Blues - heading in to start the Friday flying demonstration Seafair Boeing Air Show 2016 Blue Angels
Here come the Blues – heading in to start the Friday flying demonstration

I watched the air show from above the I-90 bridge which they close to traffic during the Blue Angels display (for obvious safety reasons) and allow spectators to view the show from one end of the bridge (nowhere near show centre). I prefer the higher elevation above them though.

The Blues soar across the I-90 Bridge and pass Bellevue Seafair 2016
The Blues soar across the I-90 Bridge and pass Bellevue
US Navy Blue Angels Seafair Boeing Air Show 2016
Glorious!
US Navy Blue Angels Seafair Boeing Air Show 2016
Great to see the Blues again
US Navy Blue Angels Seafair Boeing Air Show 2016
Formation flying is the Blues forte
US Navy Blue Angels Seafair Boeing Air Show 2016
The Blue Angels currently fly McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C/D fighter aircraft
US Navy Blue Angels Seafair Boeing Air Show 2016
Precision flying
US Navy Blue Angels Seafair Boeing Air Show 2016
Low and slow
US Navy Blue Angels Seafair Boeing Air Show 2016
The Blue Angels never fail to impress
US Navy Blue Angels Seafair Boeing Air Show 2016
Break!
US Navy Blue Angels Seafair Boeing Air Show 2016
They are everywhere over Seattle during Seafair!

 

SUNDAY AUGUST 7th, 2016

US Navy Blue Angels Seafair Boeing Air Show 2016
Good morning Seattle & Bellevue!
US Navy Blue Angels Seafair Boeing Air Show 2016
Welcome to some Sunday flying
US Navy Blue Angels Seafair Boeing Air Show 2016
Formation passes and solo displays
US Navy Blue Angels Seafair Boeing Air Show 2016
High and low
US Navy Blue Angels Seafair Boeing Air Show 2016
I-90 Bridge
US Navy Blue Angels - Seafair Boeing Air Show 2016
Shows over lets get the traffic flowing again

In 2017 the team will transition to the newer Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. It is a bigger and heavier fighter so it will be interesting to see how much their routine will change to accommodate this aircraft. I for one cannot wait to see them in action again as soon as possible!

The future: US Navy Blue Angels Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet (image via Airshow News)
The future: US Navy Blue Angels Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet (image via Airshow News)
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