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Blue Angels soar through the sky. Watch them practice before the Seafair show.

Look up! Blue Angels practice and air show schedule 2022

When to catch the Blue Angels (or take kids and pets inside).

The Blue Angels are back in town for Seafair.

When they are in the air you won’t be able to avoid hearing the deafening jet engines of these seven planes flying overhead as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron perform their acrobatic stunts, maneuvers, and formations over Lake Washington. The performance will include the new Boeing F/A 18 Super Hornet Jet, which is said to be bigger, louder, and faster than ever.
This year’s Boeing Seafair Air Show will also feature the new U.S. Navy C-130 J Hercules, affectionately known as the Fat Albert, and the U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II Demonstration Team. With demonstrations from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Army Golden Knights, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Air Force, and more the air show is going to feature dizzying aerobatics done by a variety of military and civilian teams.

If you want to get pets inside and warn the kids about the terrifying noise or get to a vantage point where you can watch the jets (or leave town to avoid the whole thing), here’s the practice schedule for Thursday, August 4, and the full hydroplane and air show schedule below. (And find more about all Seafair festivities here.)

Where to see the Blue Angels and other planes perform for free

Here are some free places to go to watch the Blue Angels and other planes practice and perform without paying to get into the festival. Wherever you go to watch, bring your noise-canceling headphones and comfy seats.

In Seattle:

Colman Park

Day Street Boat Ramp

Genesee Park and Playfield (Thursday and Friday only)

Museum of Flight (watch practice on Thursday and Friday air show, admission fees apply to enter the museum)

Seward Park

In Bellevue:

Chism Beach Park

Medina Beach Park

Note: The I-90 Bridge will remain open during Boeing Seafair Air Show Performances.

Practice Schedule

Thursday August 4

11 a.m.–noon: Planes 1–4 will practice
Noon–2:20 p.m.: Planes 5 and 6 practice
2:20 p.m.–3:20 p.m.: Planes 1–6 practice

Hydro Plane Racing and Air Show Schedule

Friday 8/5/22

09:00 – J Hydro Race 1
09:20 – H1 Unlimited Testing
10:15 – J Hydro Race 2
10:35 – Aerobatic Performance
10:55 – Vintage Hydroplane Exhibition
11:15 – US Army Golden Knights Performance
11:50 – H1 Unlimited Qualifying
1:10 – F35 Lightning II Performance
1:40 – EA 18G Growler Performance
2:05 – Aerobatic Performance
3:05 – Blue Angels Performance

Saturday 8/6/22

09:00 – H1 Unlimited Testing and Qualifying
10:15 – J Hydro Race 3
10:35 – Vintage Hydroplane Exhibition
10:55 – H1 Unlimited Match Racing
11:55 – US Army Golden Knights Performance
12:30 – Aerobatic Performance
1:10 – F35 Lightning II Performance
1:40 – EA 18G Growler Performance
2:05 – H1 Unlimited Last Chance
2:30 – Aerobatic Performance
3:05 – Blue Angels Performance
4:10 – Vintage Hydroplane Exhibition
4:30 – H1 Unlimited Match Racing

Sunday 8/7/22

09:00 – J Hydro Race 4
09:20 – H1 Unlimited Testing
10:10 – J Hydro Race 5
10:35 – Opening Ceremony
10:35 – Aerobatic Performance
11:30 – H1 Unlimited Heat 1
12:00 – US Army Golden Knights Performance
12:35 – Aerobatic Performance
1:10 – F35 Lightning II Performance
1:40 – EA 18G Growler Performance
2:10 – H1 Unlimited Heat 2
2:45 – Aerobatic Performance
2:45 – Boeing Seafair Flyover
3:05 – Blue Angels Performance
4:10 – Vintage Hydroplane Exhibition
4:30 – HomeStreet Bank Cup H1 Final

Air Show Schedule

More family fun:

There’s more to Seafair than planes! Check out the parades, hydroplanes and community events.

Joust your way through the Renaissance Faire!

Head to one of these park and then cool down at a nearby library

About the Author

Jasmin Thankachen

Jasmin is the Associate Publisher at Seattle's Child and an Eastside mom of two boys. She enjoys parenting with lots of love and laughter. Co-Founder of PopUp StoryWalk, she also loves children's picture books, essay writing, and community stories.