Blue Angels arrive in Seattle



SEATTLE - The Blue Angels have arrived in Seattle!  They came to town ahead of next weekend's Boeing Seafair Airshow.

The Blues will be a welcome addition after last year's no-show by the Navy team.

Last year's attendance for Seafair Sunday was down 27 percent. Many think that was because the Blue Angels didn't fly.

They canceled their performance because of government budget cuts.

But they're back this year. Jet number 4 flew in Sunday.

See photos of the Blues returning here.

Four of the unmistakable blue fighter jets have joined it.  A fifth jet that had mechanical problems will arrive Tuesday. The F/A-18s were planning to fly over the waterfront and by the Space Needle before landing at Boeing Field but ran short on time.

The planes will run some routes all week long.

The Interstate 90 Bridge will close five times this week for their practices and performances.

The first closures are Thursday from 9:45 a.m. to noon and again at 1:15 to 2:40 p.m.

Friday’s closure is from 12:15 to 2:40 p.m.

Then the bridge will shut down for weekend performances from 12:15 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.

You can watch the Blues practice this Friday live on KIRO 7 and

Also, the Washington State Department of Transportation has decided the State Route 520 Bridge will not be open to boat traffic this week so there aren't any delays for drivers.

KIRO 7 is your Seafair station and will broadcast the Albert Lee Cup and Boeing Air show Aug. 3 live on KIRO TV, and the free KIRO 7 iPad app, available at this link.

Find all your favorite events as well as photos and video in our Seafair section.