Blue Angels Launch at Jet Blast Bash Festival

The Museum’s annual Jet Blast Bash flightline festival is Seattle’s closest seat to the Blue Angels’ thunderous takeoffs and landings for the Boeing Seafair Airshow Aug. 5-6. Jet Blast Bash is also the Museum’s biggest and most popular outdoor family festival, offering live music by The Afterparty Band and C89.5 DJs, food trucks, a beer garden, dozens of family activities, plus a Blue Angels jet and three World War II aircraft that will be in the airshow.

Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet being lifted into place, and on its new pedestal. (Photo Ted Huetter/The Museum of Flight, Seattle.)

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels pilots will be at the festival to greet the visitors and sign autographs following their performance in the Airshow on Sunday.

Jet Blast Bash will be Aug. 5-6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and all activities are included with Museum admission (required). A detailed schedule is on the Museum website, while airshow details and schedule are online with Seafair.

Big World War II Aircraft

Three big planes from World War II will be based at the festival and available for ground tours when they are not flying in the airshow:

PBY Catalina Flying Boat, Princess of the Stars

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Sentimental Journey (as part of the Flying Legends of Victory Tour).

Boeing B-25 Mitchell, Maid in the Shade (as part of the Flying Legends of Victory Tour).

CAF Arizona Airbase B-17G “Sentimental Journey” flying low over the Arizona desert. (Image by Tony Granata).

The Blue Angels Number 7 F/A-18

This Blue Angels F/A-18 Super Hornet is assigned to the team’s event coordinator, Number 7. It has two seats instead of one like the planes flying during the Seafair airshow, but it’s also a spare for the team and can be flown in the show if-needed.


In addition to the aviation action there will be Art+Flight-themed family activities including live painting, Seattle Art Cars, crafting activities, chalk art, face painting and more.

Corvettes, Military and Community Partners

There will be nearly two dozen Chevy Corvettes of all vintages on display, plus activity booths from military and community partners:

Project Recover

Veterans Last Patrol

Puget Sound Honor Flight

Connections Museum Seattle

Yowen Productions

Gage Academy of Art

Puget Sound Naval Air Museum

Commemorative Air Force

Puget Sound Naval Museum

Naval Undersea Museum

Distinguished Flying Cross Society

Corvette Club

About The Museum of Flight

Founded in 1965, the independent, nonprofit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, serving 600,000 visitors. The Museum’s collection includes more than 160 historically significant airplanes and spacecraft, from the first fighter plane (1914) to today’s 787 Dreamliner. Attractions at the 23-acre, 5-building Seattle campus include the original Boeing Company factory, the NASA Space Shuttle Trainer, Air Force One, Concorde, Lockheed Blackbird and Apollo Moon rockets. In addition to the Seattle campus adjacent to King County International Airport, the Museum also has its 3-acre Restoration Center and Reserve Collection at Paine Field in Everett (not currently open to the public).

With a foundation of aviation history, the Museum is also a hub of news and dialogue with leaders in the emerging field of private spaceflight ventures. The Museum’s aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 150,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum’s onsite and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission for adults is $26. Youth 5 through 17 are $18, youth 4 and under are free. Seniors 65 and over $22. Groups of ten or more: $20 per adult, $13 per youth, $18 per senior. Admission is free from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. Parking is always free. There is a full lunch menu café operated by McCormick & Schmick’s. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit


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