Seafair weekend officially kicks off Friday and the attractions abound with hydroplanes reaching speeds greater than 200 mph on Lake Washington, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels streaking across the sky in dips and dives and Boeing showing off what it does best.
Here are a few must-see events during Seafair:
The Blue Angels: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Lake Washington: Each precision performance begins with the Blue Angels' C-130, or Fat Albert, doing a 10-minute air show, followed by the aerobatics of the four-jet Diamond Formation, concluding with the pinnacle of locked maneuvers as demonstrated by the renowned, six-jet Delta Formation.
The Unlimited Hydroplanes: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Genesee Park on Lake Washington. The darlings of Seafair, The H1 Unlimited fleet for this year's Albert Lee Cup is set to be the fastest in Seattle's history.
Ship tours: Though the Parade of Ships is over, a half-dozen U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and Canadian vessels remain docked at Port of Seattle facilities Terminal 25, Terminal 46N and Pier 66. Free ship tours are available from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday; from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Boeing Air Show: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Seafair boasts of some of the best pilots in the world performing a variety of acts in a variety of aircraft including the Boeing 747-8, the U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier, a short-takeoff vertical landing tactical strike aircraft, and the Historic Bell Huey and Huey Cobra helicopters.
Remember, there is limited parking available at the event site. So take these recommended steps to get to Seafair:
1. Pick one of these places to park: Sea-Tac Airport, 17801 International Blvd., on Saturday or Sunday for $10 all day; Qwest Field Exhibition Center, 800 Occidental Ave., for $10 to $15 day or downtown Seattle at any lot near Westlake Center, 400 Pine St.
2. Take the Sound Transit Link Light Rail to the Othello Street Station. Trains leave every 10 minutes or less.
3. Then, take a free shuttle bus for a 5-minute ride to the main gate at Seafair.
For more information, go to www.seafair.com/seafairweekend or call 206-728-0123.
Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; email@example.com.
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