Seafair 2016: Welcome Aboard the USS Somerset (LPD 25) Amphibious Transport Dock

As part of Seafair Fleet Week I went for a tour aboard USS Somerset (LPD 25 – Landing Platform Dock) the US Navy San Antonio-class Amphibious Transport Dock berthed at Pier 90 in Seattle, Washington (launched in April 2012 and commissioned into service in March 2014, it is based in San Diego, California and is 1 of twelve planned… Read More Seafair 2016: Welcome Aboard the USS Somerset (LPD 25) Amphibious Transport Dock

Seafair 2016: US Coast Guard Helicopter Search And Rescue Demo

US Coast Guard Eurocopter MH-65 Dolphin Search And Rescue (SAR) demonstration on Elliot Bay, Seattle today. This was part of the Seafair Fleet Week celebrations. Although a Coast Guard Cutter blocked my view of the end of the rescue, this was still the best way to see such an exercise, rather than being on the rescuing end!… Read More Seafair 2016: US Coast Guard Helicopter Search And Rescue Demo

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“. This year I didn’t actually attend the main area of the show which is accompanied with… Read More The Blue Angels & warbirds grace the skies for Seafair 2012

The Centennial of US Naval Aviation – Pensacola, Florida 2011

2011 marked the Centennial of US Naval Aviation, a service that started very humbly with only 2 Curtiss Pusher Biplanes in 1911. The first take off from a warship was completed by Eugene Ely on November 14th, 1910 in Virginia from the cruiser USS Birmingham which had a temporary platform erected over the bow. A few months later he completed… Read More The Centennial of US Naval Aviation – Pensacola, Florida 2011