Seafair Weekend: Expect noise, follow rules and have fun!

The United States Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, take off in formation at King County International Airport/Boeing Field. King County photo by Ned Ahrens.

The United States Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, takes off in formation at King County International Airport/Boeing Field. King County photo by Ned Ahrens.

Seafair Weekend arrives Aug. 4-6, and with it will come the annual sun-soaked showcase of hydroplanes, pirates and aerial displays headlined by the United States Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels.

For us here at King County International Airport/Boeing Field, Seattle’s annual summer festival means helping the globally renowned Boeing Seafair Air Show at Genessee Park fly off without a hitch.

The Airport serves as the nerve center for the majority of the featured aircraft, everything from F-22s, to a P-51 Mustang, to a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter, to a PBY Catalina.

And of course, the Blue Angels, one of the biggest draws of Seafair.

Boeing Field works closely with its tenants and Fixed Base Operators (FBOs) who will host these aircraft such as the Boeing Company, the Museum of Flight and Clay/Lacy Aviation.

As in years past, orchestrating the arrivals, departures, and parking of nearly 20 specialized aircraft takes planning. We’ve worked with airshow organizers, our tenants and others to make sure things fly as smoothly as possible.

“We’re proud to be a partner in Seafair Weekend,” KBFI Operations and Compliance Manager Micheal Cummins said. “Much like King County International Airport/Boeing Field, this event showcases our great region.”

Onlookers take in the view of the United States Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, at King County International Airport/Boeing Field. King County photo by Ned Ahrens.

Onlookers take in the view of the United States Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, at King County International Airport/Boeing Field. King County photo by Ned Ahrens.

Follow the rules and be safe

When you have some of the coolest aircraft in the world gracing your tarmac, people are going to want to see them.

We understand that, but we also expect visitors – for their safety – to follow all rules and regulations on Airport property. That includes not entering restricted areas or private tenant property. KBFI will not be open for public access, nor will there be any static displays for public viewing inside of the airport proper.

A public viewing area is located west of the airfield that visitors can access via East Marginal Way South. It is fenced, and visitors must maintain a 3-foot distance behind the fence. Airport personnel will be walking the area to make sure rules are being followed, and will also be available to answer questions. If you see them, feel free to chat.

In the past, aviation enthusiasts have staked out viewing spots at Ruby Chow Park (north side of the airfield) and closer to Airport Way South (west side of the airfield). Visitors who choose to do so this year must follow all rules and safety regulations.

“Come visit. Come watch. Be safe,” Cummins said.

The United States Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, take off in formation at King County International Airport/Boeing Field. King County photo by Ned Ahrens.

The United States Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, takes off in formation at King County International Airport/Boeing Field. King County photo by Ned Ahrens.

Increased noise

People who’ve been around Seafair for a while will tell you: It can get loud.

That’s especially true for the Air Show and the Blue Angels, which can travel at supersonic speeds during demonstrations.

Our neighbors should expect increased aircraft noise during Seafair Weekend. If you have a noise-related question or concern, contact the Seafair Air Show Comment Line at 206-728-0123, ext. 853.

For visitors and those attending the airshow: Bring earplugs.

To learn more about Seafair Weekend activities, including a schedule for the Air Show, visit www.seafair.com.

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