The Blue Angels parked at the Boeing Military Flight Center in 2012.
Blue Angels season cancelled
April 9—Seafair was officially informd by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels that their season has been cancelled, including the Seafair performance, due to federal budget sequester cuts.
Seafair news release
Last July, the Boeing Company began testing the P-8I (India) version of its P-8A Poseidon aircraft, developed for the US Navy. These tests will last about one year, using an aircraft with Indian markings and dummy weapons attached under its wings. No real weapons will be on board.
Boeing news release »
King County International Airport/Boeing Field
King County International Airport—also known as Boeing Field—is one of the busiest primary non-hub airports in the nation. Located just five miles south of downtown Seattle, it averages more than 200,000 operations (takeoffs and landings) each year. In 2001, it was selected by the National Air Transportation Association as one of the “100 Most Needed Airports” in the United States. It is financed by airport tenants’ and customers’ fees, and receives no general tax revenues.
Boeing Field ranks among the most successful public investments in state history. The airport’s economic impact is $3.2 billion in terms of local business sales that support 12,618 jobs and create $804 million in labor income in the county. The airport’s 150 tenant businesses also directly support 4,900 jobs in the local economy.
The airport serves small commercial passenger airlines, cargo carriers, private aircraft owners, helicopters, corporate jets, and military and other aircraft. It is also home to the Boeing Company’s 737 aircraft flight-test program, along with other Boeing operations. The Museum of Flight is located there, with its wide variety of aircraft and exhibits showcasing aviation history. It is frequently host to celebrities and dignitaries, including the President of the United States, who prefer Boeing Field because of its proximity to downtown Seattle and other commercial areas.