FLEET ARRIVING, PARADE TOMORROW: Thanks to Lynn Hall for that photo of the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) arriving today in advance of the Seafair Parade of Ships tomorrow and tours Thursday-Sunday. As first previewed here last week,
the Dewey is one of seven ships (U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Canadian Navy)
you’ll see in the seagoing parade, which should pass West Seattle’s
north-facing shores around 1 pm tomorrow.
BLUE ANGELS TECHNICIANS AT SSC ON FRIDAY: Three years ago, we covered a Blue Angels pilot and support-crew member speaking at South Seattle College
(WSB sponsor) on Seafair Friday. This year, two technicians from the
support team are due at SSC, which says the presentation is open to the
Two US Navy Blue Angels technicians will hold an
hour-long presentation and audience Q&A at South Seattle College on
Friday, July 31, to provide a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes support
that goes into Blue Angels performances, including the Seafair shows
The presentation occurs from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on July 31 in the
Olympic Hall Auditorium at South’s West Seattle campus. The free event
is open to the public, with limited seating available on a first-come,
Petty Officer of the Navy 1st Class Zoltan Prestridge (aviation
maintenance control team) and Petty Officer of the Navy 2nd Class
Cyrille Sandusky (aviation electrician crew chief) will discuss the
background and training that led to their position with the Blue Angels,
and what it’s like to ensure the safety of pilots’ planes as they
perform aerial stunts.
The Blue Angels’ visit was coordinated by the Association for Women
in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM) Chapter 19, a student club made up of
female aeronautical technicians in training at South. Whether training
in the Aviation Maintenance Technology or Aerospace Composite Technology
programs at the college, the experience will be memorable for South
“We share an industry and a passion (with the speakers) … and their
experiences are highly educational and motivational for all of us,” AWAM
club member Sherry Loeser said.
Olympic Hall is on the south end of the campus (6000 16th SW). The
Blue Angels’ practice airshow that day isn’t until 1:40 pm, enabling the
technicians to visit in the morning.