The U.S. Navy Blue Angels took off at Boeing Field at 10:00 a.m. and about 1:30 p.m. to practice over the Seattle area to perform for Seafair. Pictured right is Tommy Schick wearing a Blue Angels t-shirt & flying his own jet at Ruby Chow Park, just northwest of the runway.CLICK ON PHOTO FOR SLIDESHOW.
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The U.S. Navy Blue Angels took off at Boeing Field at 10:00 a.m. and about 1:30 p.m. to practice over the Seattle area to perform for Seafair. About 25 adults and children gathered for a close-up view at Ruby Chow Park, just northwest of the runway, holding cameras with powerful telephoto lenses, binoculars, and toy planes as the jets roared overhead. While it was just a practice run, onlookers seemed to agree it looked perfect.
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From the Seafair website:
U.S. Navy Blue Angels Schedule
PRACTICE/DEMO - Friday, Aug. 3, 1:30 p.m.- Fat Albert, 1:40 p.m.- Blue Angels
PERFORMANCES -Saturday, August 4 & Sunday, August 5, Fat Albert-1:30 p.m., Blue Angels - 1:40 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
U.S. Navy Blue Angels
The Blue Angels’ mission is to enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting efforts and to represent the naval service to the United States, its elected leadership and foreign nations. The Blue Angels serve as positive role models and goodwill ambassadors for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
A Blue Angels flight demonstration exhibits choreographed refinements of skills possessed by all naval aviators. The Blue Angels’ C-130, affectionately known as Fat Albert, begins each demonstration by exhibiting its maximum performance capabilities during a ten-minute performance. Shortly thereafter, you will see the graceful aerobatic maneuvers of the four-jet Diamond Formation, in concert with the fast-paced, high-performance maneuvers of its two Solo pilots. Finally, the team illustrates the pinnacle of precision flying, performing maneuvers locked as a unit in the renowned, six-jet Delta Formation.
Last season, more than 8 million spectators watched the Blue Angels perform. Since its inception in 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for more than 463 million fans.
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