• Seafair / Blue Angels Week 2011

Seafair / Blue Angels Week 2011

The world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 flight demonstration team star in the Boeing Air Show at Seafair's Albert Lee Cup hydroplane races on August 6-7. The Museum of Flight is again Blue Angels' headquarters during the team's entire Seafair stay. The Museum hours will be extended--opening one hour earlier--Friday August 5 through Sunday, August 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Indoor programs are free with Museum admission.

Flight Schedule (Please note that times are approximate and subject to change without notice.) 

  • Tuesday, August 2: The Blue Angels arrive at Boeing Field mid-afternoon
  • Wednesday, August 3: Media flights in aircraft Number 7 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Thursday, August 4: Air show practice flights from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 5: Practice flights from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 6: The team departs for the air show at 1 p.m.; team returns at 2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 7: The team departs for the air show at 1 p.m.; team returns at 2:30 p.m.

Museum visitors will be able see the jets up close from Thursday, August 4 through Sunday, August 7. Activities include the team's precise pre-flight walkdowns, thrilling formation takeoffs and the chance to see some of the Navy's finest pilots as they return from their practice sessions and show performances.

Parking Lot Concessions
August 4-7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors will be able to buy the latest Blue Angel hats, t-shirts and other souvenirs from the Museum store without missing any of the action outside. The Museum's McCormick and Schmick's Wings Café will be serving beverages and hot dogs. Meet SR-71 Blackbird pilot Brian Shul. Shul will be selling copies of his popular book, "Sled Driver."

Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop - "Blue Angels Mania!"
August 5, 6, 7, noon to 3 p.m., Side Gallery
The Museum's education staff will be offering engaging family activities that include making Blue Angels souvenirs.

"Sled Driver" - Lecture & Book Signing with Blackbird Pilot Brian Shul
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 5-7, 2:30 p.m., William M. Allen Theater

Photographer, author, pilot and showman Brian Shul shares stories and photos from his experience as a "sled driver"--an SR-71 Blackbird pilot. The presentation is based upon his book, "Sled Driver," which features Shul's dazzling photography and insightful prose to illustrate what it is like to fly the world's fastest jet, the SR-71 Blackbird. Shul's program includes riveting accounts of Mach 3 runs over hostile territory and star gazing at 80,000 feet. This marks the 18th year Shul has appeared at the Museum during Blue Angels week. Shul has also traveled the air show circuit with the Blue Angels for his book "Blue Angels: A Portrait of Gold." The program is free with admission to the Museum.