On Friday 3, Saturday 4, Sunday 5 of august 2012 along the coasts of Lake Washington to be precise in Genesee Park, took the usual air festival called "Boeing Air Show ". The name "Boeing Air Show" is inevitably dedicated to the city of Seattle that was for a long time the seat of the Boeing company (now based in Chicago), but where there is still now the largest manufacturer complex assembly in Everett . The event is the culmination of six continuous weeks of festivities
(Seafair) that involve the entire city of Seattle (Washignton State).
A bit of history ... The birth of Seafair
The “Seafair project” was created with the intention to celebrate the centenary of the founding of the city of Seattle that would take place in the years 1951-52 . The first edition of 1950 (Saturday, 12 August) was a big success, parades, boat races, sporting events and some evening shows were admired about by 250.000 spectators, it was a great success.
The central theme of this festival was the nautical sector, in line with the pride of Seattle as a
"boating capital of the world", purpose was also to attract fans of the industry from around the world . In subsequent years, always in the months of August, have been added to the events of the classic races also Seaplanes which always took place on Lake Washington and the next step was to include in the program also an air shows .
The 2012 edition
This year's program has been characterized as usual by the "performance" of the Acrobatic Blue Angels , but not only because in the Air Show during the three days they performed well:
- United States Coast Guard SAR Demo with HH 65A
- United States Air Force with passages by C 17A Globemaster III
- United States Air Force with a demonstration by an O / A 10C Thunderbolt II
Flying Heritage Collection with P 47D Thunderbolt , P 51D Mustang and P 40C Tomahawk
- United States Air Force with demonstration by T 38B Talon
-United States Navy with a performance by F/A 18F
-United States Army SFC Demo with a CH 47C
And again: Red Eagles, Red Bull, Sean Tucker and Team Oracle Challenger Demo
The most representative "performer" of the 2012
United States Navy Blue Angels
The “mission” of Blue Angels is to promote the image of the United States Navy and Marine Corps and to represent the naval service of the United States as leader in the world. An exhibition of the Blue Angels shows is a perfecting choreography and superb ability of all naval aviators .
The program begins with the Blue Angels demonstration C 130 "Fat Albert" , the demo of the four-engine takes about ten minutes. Shortly after start very articulate and acrobatic maneuvers the formation of four F/A 18C yellow and blue, the demo is further improved by performances of two soloists, the show has long about 45 minutes
Fat Albert ...
The C 130 named Fat Albert joined the team in 1970 and flies more than 140,000 miles each season. In addition to the demonstration flight as a preview of the Acrobatic plays, with his staff on board (3 pilots and 5 technicians), it has the important role of technical support and transporting the necessary equipment and spare parts in support of fighter F/A 18 Hornet.
Flying Heritage Collection
Republic P 47D Thunderbolt
Produced by Republic Aviation in Evansville-Indiana, was delivered to the USAAF June 27, 1945. In March 1948, after having been stored, it was assigned to the Air National Guard. With the purchase by the FHC has been painted and dedicated to "Tallahassee Lassie" .
Curtiss P 40C Tomahawk
The aircraft was manufactured in the United States but has never flown for American forces.
It was purchased by the British and then sent to the Soviet Union in September 1941. For nine months this aircraft took part in the fighting in the skies of Russia, in defense against invading German forces. On 27 September 1942, the oil tank of the aircraft was struck by enemy fire .
Its pilot managed to glide making a landing with the belly near Murmansk , where it was abandoned and later recovered. It is currently the only example in the world of P 40C remained in flying condition .
North American P 51D Mustang
The P 51 is a war veteran, delivered to the U.S. Air Force on January 26, 1945. This plane was for a long time stationed in Raydon Air Base in England where served in the 8th Army Air Force ( 352 Squadron, 353 Fighter Group ), its pilot was Lieutenant B. Harrison Tordoff "Bud”. The plane flew in defense of the bombers that operated in Germany and in support of Allied ground forces during the liberation of continental Europe.
F/A 18E/F Super Hornet
The F/A 18E/F Super Hornet is the new combat aircraft of the U.S. Navy.
Renamed as "Rhino" by those who are flying, the Super Hornet is based on a design of the original Hornet, improvements have been made avionics and increased the surface of the aircraft by 30%, ensuring an higher payload and performance top flight .