The Blue Angels announce they will return to Seattle’s Seafair weekend…

The Blue Angels announce they will return to Seattle’s Seafair weekend…

Lindsey Kirschman, SeattlePI

Dec. 11, 2021

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U.S. Navy Blue Angels Performance Squadron

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The Blue Angels announced this week that they will once again be returning to the Seattle horizon.

After two years of quiet skies, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron has official plans to return to Seafair. Hailed as one of the “largest boating events, airshows and festivals all rolled into one,” according to their website, Seafair will return to Lake Washington on Aug. 5 to 7, 2022. The festival has also announced dates for the following year: Aug. 4 to 6, 2023.

New for 2022 is the introduction of new jets. The F/A-18 Super Hornets will be making their first turn up in the Pacific Northwest this coming summer. According to a news release, this is the first time in 36 years Blue Angels pilots will be using new aircraft.

“Seafair is thrilled to have the U.S. Navy Blue Angels back for another two years,” exclaimed Eric Corning, President & CEO of Seafair. “After the past two years that saw so many events be put on keep up, we are looking forward to join our community in welcoming back a Pacific Northwest tradition.”

The flight box for the Blue Angels performance will keep the same as the 2019 fair, meaning the I-90 Bridge and Seward Park will keep open.

The purpose of the Blue Angels 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,” according to the news release.

Seafair programming went virtual for two years in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The upcoming 2022 Seafair festivities will be the first in-person edition of the event since 2019.

Lindsey Kirschman is a web producer for the SeattlePI.

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