The elite U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron is once again the star of the KeyBank Air Show at SEAFAIR.
Although the Angels' aerial act is best viewed from Genesee Park, there is no better place than the Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., for an up-close look at the jets and their pilots. Visitors can observe precise pre-flight walkdowns, feel the thrill of the formation takeoffs and meet the Navy's pilots as they return from their practice sessions and show performances at the museum.
The Blue Angels Youth Program, open to youth ages 10 through 18, will be at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 4 in the museum. Learn from a pilot and crew member what it takes to become part of this elite team and get tips on how to succeed in all walks of life. The program includes a video of the Blue Angels in action, with a question-and-answer session to follow. Admission to the program is free but does not include admission to the museum galleries.
Turner Classic Movies and Comcast Inc. will give aviation buffs an up-close look at a classic DC-3 airplane. The vintage DC-3, affectionately known as "Rose," will be stationed at the museum during the air show. The pilots and crews who maintain the plane will answer questions, pose for pictures, guide walkarounds and give guests a tour of the passenger compartment.
At 4 p.m. each day following the air show demonstrations, Turner Classic Movies will roll out its custom-built video-wall truck to show the film "Casablanca," which features a DC-3. The state-of-the-art vehicle features a gigantic 9-by-16-foot screen that can be raised 16 feet into the air.
For more information, call 206-764-5700 or visit www.museumofflight.org.