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Blue Angels set to arrive Sunday night

With the biggest events of Seafair set for next weekend – the airshow and hydro races – you might be wondering when the U.S. Navy Blue Angels
are arriving. We just received word from Seafair that they’re due in
around 7:30 pm tomorrow (Sunday) night. According to the Seafair media
alert, “The Blue Angels will fly over the west side of the Seattle
coastline, passing the Space Needle, before landing at Boeing Field.” As
usual, their practices are set for Thursday and Friday, with the
official performances next Saturday and Sunday (August 1-2). More to
come.

ADDED: The practice/performance/I-90 closure schedule for Thursday-Sunday, and other info, ahead:
THURSDAY:

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels #s 1-4 will take off at 9:45
a.m. on Thurs., July 30 from Boeing Field near the Museum of Flight for
circle and arrival maneuvers in preparation for the Boeing Seafair Air
Show. They will be in the air over the city getting familiar with the
area. At 10:35 a.m. #s 5-6 will take off for a look at the South Lake
Washington event site. The I-90 Bridge will be closed between 9:45 a.m.
and noon.

All Blue Angels jets will return to Boeing Field and be on the ground
for a short time. Following that #s 1-6 will take to the air for a
practice performance over Lake Washington. Again, the I-90 Bridge will
be closed between 1:15 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. for this practice.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY: The I-90 bridge closes the same times all three days:

Fri., July 31- 11:50 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. (practice show)
Sat., Aug. 1- 11:50 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. (full show) Sun., Aug. 2 – 11:50
a.m. – 2:40 p.m. (full show)

If you’re not going to Lake Washington but want to catch a glimpse of
the jets, there are many possibilities, but it depends on the weather,
which dictates into whether they do their “low” or “high” show. As
longtime WSB readers know, we recommend going to the Museum of Flight
to watch them take off and land (some maneuvers are usually visible
during the show, and there’s a flyby toward the end – seen in the
following 2014 WSB Instagram clip from a little further north along the
west side of Boeing Field):

SECOND ADDITION: In case you wondered, they’ll be coming here from the air show where they’re performing this weekend in Fargo, North Dakota.
On Thursday, meantime, another likely-to-be-loud airshow arrival – the
U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors are due in to Boeing Field at 12:45 pm. As
always, since West Seattle is so close to Boeing Field, we’ll reiterate
key airshow info in our daily previews all week (here’s the full schedule
for those viewing at the lake), and we’ll include the bridge-closure
reminders in our daily traffic-watch reports – when I-90 closes, feeder
highways (including I-5 just north of here) tend to back up, so it might
affect you even if you’re NOT planning to cross the lake.

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