The return of fighter jets above the skies of Seattle has CHS thinking about the fighter jets destined to fly together underneath Capitol Hill.
For the Blue Angels, here’s when to make sure your babies, pets, and skittish friends are in a safe place over the next few days:
2014 – I-90 Seafair and Blue Angels Closures
The annual Seafair festival begins when the pirates land the first week of July and ends with the Blue Angels flying over Lake Washington in a spectacular display of aeronautics. The Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) role is to make sure drivers and pilots are safe during the annual event.
The Federal Aviation Administration requires WSDOT to close Interstate 90 while the Blue Angels perform for the safety of both drivers and pilots.
Which roads and ramps will be closed?
Interstate 90 will be closed to all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, eastbound and westbound, mainline and express lanes, between Interstate 5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island:
- Thursday, July 31: 9:45 a.m. – noon; 1:15 – 2:40 p.m. (Practice)
- Friday, Aug. 1: 12:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Practice)
- Saturday, Aug. 2: 12:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Full show)
- Sunday, Aug. 3: 12:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Full show)
Below ground and slated to hang above the boarding platform with the opening of Capitol Hill Station in 2016, Jet Kiss by artist Mike Ross features two A14 fighter jets deconstructed and re-assembled in a kind of frozen mid-air embrace. “This monumental sculpture is created from two decommissioned A-4 Skyhawk fighter jets,” Ross wrote of his creation.
The main structure of the sculpture was unveiled at the artist’s Oakland, California studio in 2012:
After more than two years’ work my crew and I have completed the primary fabrication stage – all the structural and skin work is finished and both planes are suspended in position.
“The only thing left to do,” he wrote in 2012, “is to paint the piece and truck it up to Seattle.”
That paint job is now done. Here’s a peek at some of the glossy pink finish you’ll see on display in 2016.
The $440,000-budgeted project, despite some of the early controversy, seems like a pretty good use for warplanes.