10 Things You May Not Have Known About The Blue Angels

At festivals, fairs, and events across America, The Blue Angels are a quintessential part of summer. These epic aviators create a great spectacle, boost morale, and are something to look forward to for families across the country. From their initial inception to this history behind their name, here are a few things you may not have known about the Blue Angels.

They Were The Second Formal Flying Crew in the World

Formed in the 1940’s to cultivate passion and grow interest in the Navy, The Blue Angels were the world’s second formal flying  aerobatic team. The first was the Patrouille de France, which was the first of its kind formed in 1931. The Blue Angels’ first performance was in Omaha, Nebraska in 1946.

They’re Named After a Nightclub

When deciding on a name for the Blue Angel fleet, the namesake actually came from a New York night club. The original crew was planning a show in NYC and one member saw mention of New York’s famous Blue Angel night club in New Yorker Magazine. They decided to call their crew the Blue Angels, rather than keep their initial name, the Navy Flight Exhibition Team.

They Fly As Close Together as 18 Inches During Formations

While most of us would be skeptical to fly such fast planes in such close proximity to each other, Blue Angel pilots do so with ease In their Diamond 360 maneuver, the planes can be as close to each other as as just a foot and a half.

They Reach Speeds of Up To 700 MPH While Performing

These fast flyers reach up to 700 miles per hour during their performances. That’s about 125 miles per hour faster than the average commercial plane, whose average speed is around 575 miles per hour.

They Fly Themselves to All Shows

While it seems logical for these planes to fly themselves to each destination, flying from coast to coast is no quick trip for any plane. When the crew flew to Hawaii in 2010, they were accompanied by two tankers which refilled each plane ten times during the flight across the Pacific Ocean.

They Were the First U.S. Military Presence over Moscow Since the Cold War

In 2013, the Blue Angels became the first U.S. military planes to see the skies of Moscow since the Cold War. The crew performed on Moscow Day, in honor of the inception of the city.

Their First Female Pilot was Marines Captain Katie Higgins in 2015

It took 70 years for a female pilot to become a member of the Blue Angels, but Katie Higgins joined the team in 2015.

“Little girls have told me that they didn’t even know that ladies can fly aircraft, that women could be in the cockpit,” Captain Higgins told the Independent Journal Review in 2015.

She said she applied for the team not because she wanted to break barriers but because of her passion for flying. She tells anyone who is sceptic of her ability to fly a plane as well as the men to simply watch the demo.

“They can’t tell the difference between mine and the other two pilots on here because I fly it just as well as they do,” she said.

Pilots Must have at least 1,250 tactical jet hours to join the ranks

There is an extremely stringent screening process for all pilots hoping to join the Blue Angels. This includes over Navy and Marine aviators with 1200 tactical jet hours, a stringent interview process, and more.

They have performed for over 500 million people

Since their inception in the 1940’s, the Blue Angels have performed for over 500 million people. With summer shows across the country and performances in countries around the world, these planes are a well-loved attraction for people of all kinds.

They’re Coming Soon to Lake Union

Its summertime, and that means it’s show season for the Blue Angels. During Seafair Weekend, August 4-6, they will preform a daily show at 1:40 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to see them!

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Today: Free ‘Mini Music Festival’ Featuring “All Time Low”

By Monica Nickelsburg

Amazon Music will host a “Prime Day mini music festival” in its backyard today.

Pop-punk band All Time Low will perform at Seattle’s South Lake Union Discovery Center near Amazon’s HQ. The Treasure Truck, Amazon’s deals on wheels promotion that rolls around town offering flash sales, will also be at the event.

Amazon’s patented Treasure Truck is a decked out delivery vehicle offering flash deals on everything from Dungeness crab to cameras. Outside of a trip to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the truck stays close to home in Seattle — for now.

The show is part of Amazon’s third annual Prime Day shopping event. Today, Amazon is offering a wide range of deals for Prime members. Today’s event is the second time the Treasure Truck has been associated with a concert. Amazon held a similar event during last year’s Prime Day.

Gates for the event open at 11:30 a.m. and All Time Low will start playing around noon.

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Man Climbs Aurora Bridge to Snap Selfies with July 4th Fireworks over Lake Union

By Scott Greenstone

In an apparent quest for an exclusive view of the July Fourth fireworks show, one man was arrested on investigation of criminal trespassing Tuesday night after scaling the underbelly of the Aurora Bridge, police said.

A little after 9 p.m., Dutch tourist Justin van Schaick saw someone climbing on the girders under the Aurora Bridge, which is more than 160 feet above Lake Union.

“He was carefully sliding from beam to beam and then finally stopped when he was far enough to be able to see the fireworks and took some selfies,” van Schaick said in an email recounting the incident.

Van Schaick snapped photos of the man as he climbed the 160-foot-high steel underbelly of the bridge, illuminated by the sky nearing dusk.

Photo credit: Justin van Schaick

The Seattle Fire Department and police arrived soon after and told the man to come down. According to van Schaick, the man asked authorities whether he could wait until after the fireworks show to come down.

They said no.

“He yelled down to the police at some point: ‘Could you please not make a scene?’ ” van Schaick said, “which was very funny because he was the very reason they were here.”

Upon reaching the ground, the man was arrested and booked into King County Jail on investigation of criminal trespassing, police said. He was released about midnight.

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FareStart to Open 5 New Restaurants in Partnership with Amazon

By Lisa Stiffler

The nonprofit FareStart announced today that the five restaurants and cafes that it’s launching with Amazon’s help will be ready to open their doors next month.

The eateries, in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, will provide training opportunities for FareStart’s Foodservice Apprenticeship Program, a new initiative to help train entry-level employees in food services. The goal of the program is to assist low-income food-service employees into higher-paying jobs in the restaurant industry.

Earlier this year, Amazon donated equipment and 25,000 square feet of space to the nonprofit for the restaurants, which will be open to the public.

FareStart Rendering

The venues will include Maslow’s, described as a full-service casual restaurant and bar with regionally-sourced ingredients; Community Table, offering “a market-like dining experience” that will be home to three casual eateries — one serving BBQ, one featuring made-to-order salads and another offering seasonal vegetables served in bowls with grains; and Rise, an Italian-themed coffee shop with pastries and sandwiches.

Founded 30 years ago, FareStart provides food for those in need and offers training in food-service and barista jobs for people who struggle to find employment because of homelessness, poverty and other challenges. The nonprofit reports that 90 percent of adults who graduate from their training program find work within three months.

“The new eateries will provide greater dining options in the growing South Lake Union neighborhood while advancing the skills of entry-level food-service workers and providing pathways to living wage jobs,” said Wayne Johnson, FareStart’s corporate executive chef. “We look forward to inviting the entire community to join us as we transform lives.”

The partnership with FareStart aligns with multiple efforts by Amazon to support homeless people in the Seattle area. Last month the online retail and cloud services giant announced that it would open a homeless transitional shelter inside one of its new Seattle HQ buildings. The 47,000 square-foot shelter will give 65 families a place to stay while seeking permanent housing. The facility will open in early 2020 and be run by Mary’s Place, a nonprofit that supports homeless families. Mary’s Place is currently operating a temporary shelter in an Amazon-owned building that is slated for demolition.

Maslow’s will be located at 380 Boren Ave N. in Seattle while Community Table and Rise will open in Amazon’s Houdini North building at 399 Fairview Ave N.

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Lot Near Denny Park to be Developed as Condominiums

By Marco Kronen with Seattle Condo Review: A guide to Seattle downtown condos.

According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, the Developer of the lot in South Lake Union where Shilla Restaurant sits at 2300 8th Ave, will be developed as condominiums, at least that is the plan for now. The small triangular lot across from Denny Park is being developed by Bellevue-based North American Seattle Development LLC, which is affiliated with a company out of China.

The building will be 39 stories with 286 residential units. The plan today is to build condos but the developer is keeping their options open to see how the market is looking closer to the time when they will begin construction on the project, which is currently unknown and dependent on when the city approves their master use permit. The estimation is that the earliest they could start construction would be summer of 2018.

Rendering source: Caron architecture firm

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