U.S. Navy Blue Angels
Don't miss the familiar roar of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels at Seafair Weekend in 2014! These Boeing F/A-18 aircrafts will race overhead at speeds approaching 700 mph. The Blues will perform aerobatic and low-flying maneuvers as Seattleites look on in awe from the shores of Lake Washington. The team amazes spectators with mentally and physically demanding maneuvers such as vertical rolls performed by the Opposing Solo and the Sneak Pass performed by the Lead Solo. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels participated in their first air show in 1946 and since have performed for an estimated 11 million spectators during air shows each year. A total of 16 officers voluntarily serve with the Blue Angels. The pilots include: CDR Thomas Frosch (Flight Leader), LCDR John Hiltz (Right Wing), LCDR Nate Barton (Left Wing), Captain Brandon Cordill (Slot), LCDR David Tickle (Lead Solo), LT Mark Tedrow (Opposing Solo), LT Ryan Chamberlain (Narrator), LCDR Michael Cheng (Events Coordinator), Capt A.J. Harrell (C-130 Pilot), Maj Mike Van Wyk (C-130 Pilot), Capt Dusty Cook (C-130 Pilot), LCDR Declan Hartney (Maintenance Officer), LCDR Mark DeBuse (Flight Surgeon), LTJG Phil Harper (Administrative Officer), LT Scott Adams (Supply Officer), LTJG Amber Lynn Daniel (Public Affairs Officer). The mission of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through demonstrations and community outreach. To learn more about the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, visit CLICK HERE.
C-130 “Fat Albert”
The Blue Angels squadron team will be flying the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as “Fat Albert”, at a cruising speed of 375 mph. The plane was nicknamed “Fat Albert” by the Marine Corps Blue Angels because of its size and shape, and as a reference to the popular children’s cartoon of the 1970s. The team has been flying the C-130 since 1970 with eight Marines assigned to operate Fat Albert Airlines. To learn more about the C-130 “Fat Albert” aircraft, visit CLICK HERE.
Patriots Jet Team
The Patriots Jet Team performed at Seafair Weekend most recently in 2013. The team was founded in 2003 as a two-ship formation group and eventually expanded to a six-ship aerobatic team. The Patriots L-39's electrify spectators with fast-paced formation flying, choreographed four-ship diamond formation aerobatic maneuvers and their signature "Tail Slide", where the aircraft actually slides backwards toward the ground. The team's performances are highlighted by a computerized red, white and blue smoke system. The pilots include: lead Dean Wright (#1), right wing Rob Hutchison (#2), left wing John Posson (#3), slot pilot Paul Strickland (#4), outer left wing Rob Mitchell (#5) and right wing Scott Ind (#6). Their collective backgrounds include experience with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds and Royal Canadian Air Force. To learn more about the Patriots Jet Team, CLICK HERE and HERE.
Air National Guard Aerobatic Team
The Air National Guard Aerobatic Team is packed with excitement and carefully choreographed maneuvers. The maneuvers consist of astonishing acrobatics done at speeds at nearly 250 mph! It is a jaw-dropping performance you don't want to miss! To learn more about the Air National Guard Aerobatic team, CLICK HERE.
Lucas Oil Air Shows
Lucas Oil Air Shows features Pilot Michael Wiskus demonstrating amazing aerobatics, from twists and turns to jaw dropping, low, over-the-water passes. Mike and his Lucas Oil Pitts will perform tricks averaging at 195 mph over Lake Washington!
Pilot Mike Wiskus has a passion for aviation and has been awarded numerous awards in his career. He will be performing in more than 20 air shows this year. To learn more about Mike and Lucas Oil Air Shows, CLICK HERE.
The first Grumman Hellcat appeared in October, 1942 and were considered the best all-around fighters in the Pacific. It was nicknamed the "Aluminum Tank" by its pilots because of its ability to absorb incredible punishment and keep the pilots safe. It was designed to be flown as an unmanned drone for anti-aircraft target practice, but winded up being used for training. This is one of the few surviving Hellcats.
Flying Heritage Collection
The FHC is a premier aviation attraction made up of dynamic aircrafts dating from the 1930s and 1940s. These fly-overs will grab your attention as you experience a blast from the past! The collection of aircrafts that will be flying at Seafair Weekend 2014 will be announced during the spring. To learn more about the Flying Heritage Collection, CLICK HERE.
Boeing is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Additionally, Boeing designs and manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems. Boeing provides products and support services to customers in 150 countries and is one of the largest U.S. exporters in terms of sales. Headquartered in Chicago, Boeing employs more than 168,000 people across the United States and in more than 65 countries.