It’s Blue Angels time again

Photo by Joshua Davis via Creative Commons/Flickr.
It’s that time of year again. The Blue Angels are returning for their annual Seafair air show performance, which means they’ll be buzzing Beacon Hill for a few days later this week. Blue Angel #7 arrives today, the team arrives tomorrow, and the practices and shows start on Thursday, August 2.

During the Blue Angels’ performances and practices, I-90 will be completely closed to everyone—vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists, in both directions, between I-5 and Island Crest Way on Mercer Island.

Here’s the schedule of this week’s shows and practices, including the Blue Angels and other aircraft involved in the celebration events:

Thursday, 8/2: Air show/practice, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (I-90 closed 9:45 a.m. – noon and 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.)

Friday, 8/3: Air show, 11:20 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (I-90 closed 12:45 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.)

Saturday, 8/4: Air show, 10:50 a.m. – 12:40 p.m., 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (I-90 closed 12:45 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.)

Sunday, 8/5: Air show, 10:05 a.m. – noon, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., 3:15-4:05 p.m. (I-90 closed 12:45 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.)

Be aware that the Angels fly very low over North Beacon Hill — it can be a pretty good show, but also startling if you’re not used to it. Your pets may be frightened, so be careful and keep them safe.

6 thoughts on “It’s Blue Angels time again”

  1. Once again we will see our tax dollars at work when the Blue Angels arrive for 4 days of noise !
    From DOD reports the budget for just the Blue Angels have a cost of $130,000+ per
    show and annual budget of $30 MILLION. Plus the cost of the delay with vehicles and pollution of the cars parked on the bridge for an hour or more each day.
    Of course this is a pittance out of the hugh war
    machine budget.

    This does not include the costs of all the accidents over the years and 27 deaths of pilots and
    some civilians. since 1946. I will post the record of Blue Angels accidents on the Beacon Hill
    Blogs .

    Further, I wonder how many kids will be inspired to be pilots or be aeronautical engineers .
    Let’s not forget the animals who are frightened or may run away.

    I am just as patriotic as anyone should be, but I may be jaded toward the many years
    of this

  2. Well, Monster and whatever your other blog monicker is, no one will be moving due to the Blue Angels 4 day noise and traffic disruptions on the bridges.

    I was incorrect in stating the DOD/Navy Budget for them was $30 million, instead , it is reported at $40 million per year, aside from the aformentioned traffic disruptions and pollution.This does not include the cost of all the accidents and lives lost since 1946.

    I am also glad to see the DOD is considering canceling this boondoggle or curtailing it.

    It is relevant to Beacon Hill, as they do the low flyovers ,and it is your tax dollars at work from the funding provided by congressional appropriations to the Department of Defense.

    PS: Keep an eye on your pets during these 4 days too.

  3. Thank you Lenny for the information of cost both in dollars, lives and disruption. I have often wondered what the cost is for this disgusting display and waste of resources. During a time when we have US soldiers and veterans who often struggle to get basic health and mental health resources, when the cost of gas is so high and we are already polluting with the boats for Seafair activities, I find the Blue Angles an utterly disgusting display of waste. The terror they wreak on our animals and I am sure infants and elderly are completly unneccesary! Oh Right and they fly RIGHT over the Vetrans Hospital. I would love to organize to support the end of this activity. I would not miss anything if I never saw them fly again.

  4. I want to vote the Blue Angels away. Can we could obtain signatures for a petition for a vote to have the Blue Angels peacefully grounded in the Boeing museum?

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