Blue Angels Week at the Museum of Flight Aug. 2 – 5

Week day air show practice, special programs, weekend Need For Speed Festival

SEATTLE – The world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels star in the Boeing Air Show at Seafair’s Albert Lee Cup hydroplane races. The Museum of Flight is again Blue Angels’ headquarters during the team’s entire Seafair stay. Museum visitors will be able see the jets up close from Thursday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 5. Activities include the team’s precise pre-flight walkdowns, thrilling formation takeoffs and the chance to meet some of the Navy’s finest pilots as they return from their practice sessions and show performances.

The Museum of Flight

Blue Angels family activities will be featured all week, with events inside and outside of the Museum, including the new Need for Speed Festival on the Museum’s lot adjacent to the runway Aug. 4 and 5. All programs are free with Museum admission. The Museum will be opening an hour early – 9 a.m. – Friday through Sunday.

Wells Fargo Free First Thursday
Thursday, Aug. 2, 5 to 9 p.m.
Once a month, the Museum stays open late – and admission is free! Enjoy the Museum’s Great Gallery, Personal Courage Wing, Red Barn, Space Gallery, Airpark and more from 5 to 9 p.m., courtesy of Wells Fargo. Museum Store and Wings CafĂ© will also remain open for the extended hours on this night.

Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Blue Angels Mania!
Friday through Sunday
Aug. 3, 4, 5, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
We’ve got the blues…but we’re happy about it! Once again the spectacular Blue Angels are visiting Seattle and The Museum of Flight. In celebration, all Blues fans are invited to stop by and make fabulous Blue Angels souvenirs.

“Sled Driver” with SR-71 Blackbird Pilot Brian Shul
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Aug. 3 to 5, 1:30 p.m.
Special Museum guest during Blue Angels Week is photographer, author and Blackbird spyplane pilot, Brian Shul. Shul will share his stories as a Mach 3 Blackbird pilot during lectures at 1:30 p.m., and will be on hand to meet Museum visitors at his booth in the Museum parking lot.

The History of the Blue Angels
Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 2 to 5, 11:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5, 4 p.m.
Museum of Flight aviation historians present the colorful history of the U.S. Navy precision flight team.

Need For Speed Festival
Saturday, Sunday, Aug. 4-5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Museum of Flight offers a full-throttle celebration of Seafair and the Blue Angels with the Aug. 4-5 Need for Speed Festival. Located at the foot of the Blue Angels’ launching pad on Boeing Field, the Museum’s East Parking Lot will become a village of family activities surrounded by speedy boats, cars and planes, including World War II fighters and the front line F-18 and T-38 jets performing in the Boeing Air Show at the Albert Lee Cup hydroplane races. In addition to the Air Show aircraft, the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum’s classic Century 21 hydroplane will be on display. The Festival will also offer a beer garden, a sandwich kiosk, souvenirs, kids’ activities and New Orleans-style rhythm and blues by Hank and the Two Scoops. The Festival is open each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is free with admission to the Museum.

Need For Speed Lecture
The Reno Air Races
Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5, 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Reno Air Race official Owen Ashurst’s presentation gives a front row perspective of
the world’s fastest sport.

For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit

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