An Angel arrives

The Museum of Flight was given the permanent loan of a recently retired Blue Angels #2 F/A-18.  It was no longer air worthy so it was trucked from Florida!  The Museum kept us informed about its progress and then announced an ETA of this morning about 0900!  Of course I wanted to see its arrival and the unloading.  Unfortunately, I had other commitments today so couldn’t stay to watch the reassembling.


Ken Yohe, long time fan of the Blue Angels, has a 2015 Mustang he painted Blue Angles blue.  While they are here for Seafair, he adds the stickers for an Angels motif.  This year, he said he added the #6 in honor of the aircraft and pilot that were lost earlier this year.

I suspected there would be a bit of a wait to off load it as they moved smaller parts off the truck.  I took that opportunity to do a sketch.

And then they put a sling under it and off it came, easy as pie.

More info about this particular aircraft.  It flew here in Seafair for 10 years.

King5 news coverage

KOMO coverage

Geekwire coverage

I shot many images and 59 of them are here:  https://redharp.smugmug.com/MKB/2016-0823-F18-arrival/

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About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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