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Cirrus and Grand Caravan Getting In Each Other’s Way

Boeing Field is constantly operating from both runways at the same time.  The light aircraft traffic on the short runway can co-exist with whatever is underway on the main, long runway.  However, despite the clear ATC instructions, there are occasional when things don’t quite go to plan.  We had a Cirrus and a Grand caravan on approach to the parallel runways.  I am not certain who was at fault, but from my angle, it appeared that the Cirrus was drifting off towards the wrong runway.  It corrected its path but not before the pilot of the Grand Caravan decided that things were not looking good and went around.  It didn’t take them long to get back around the pattern and the second approach was incident free.  I don’t know whether the controllers ended up talking to either crew or not.

Kitsap Ferries

A variety of ferry operators have made their way on to the blog over time.  Today I get to add a new one for me.  I was taking a WSF ferry to Bainbridge Island and, as we were departing Seattle’s Colman Dock, some Kitsap Ferries services were also arriving and departing.  The light angles weren’t ideal but I figured I would add to my collection of ferry shots anyway.  Maybe I will go back deliberately at some point in the future to get some better shots.

A Marine Corps Bonus Package

One weekend, I was at Boeing Field for a visiting warbird.  I was pleasantly surprised to see some US Marine Corps helicopters across the field too.  A combination of UH-1Y Venoms and AH-1Z Vipers were on the ramp.  I had no idea if or when they would fly.  However, luck was on my side as a Venom/Viper pair fired up and launched on a training mission.  The rest stayed on the ramp while I was there but this pair taxied out to the main runway and then departed past my location.  A nice extra!

Salmon Climbing The Ladder

The salmon that come through the locks in Ballard come in three waves according to the park rangers.  There are three types of salmon and each type comes at a slightly different time of year.  (I’m sure the sales like this so they get three feeding times!). Within the fish ladder, they have a viewing gallery which allows you to see the fish as they loiter for a while before surging up the next step in the ladder against the flowing water.

It is quite impressive to see how fast they can go when they make an effort.  They swim gently against the current in the viewing area waiting for a time that seems appropriate to them.  Then they align themselves with the inlet port through which the water is rushing.  This needs a dose of acceleration to avoid being pushed back into the gallery and then, once they are stabilized, a surge of effort and they zip up the port.  Photos don’t do it much justice but video is a better medium.  The reflections off the glass are not ideal but you will get the idea.

Puma G550

A bizjet with cool paint is always going to get my interest.  In this case, the paint made it pretty easy to determine who the jet belonged to.  If you know your sports equipment providers, you will recognize this logo as that of Puma.  I guess the sports business is good and a G550 is a useful thing to have.  Nike has a fleet of jets.  Does Adidas?

Directionally Challenged Maule With Delusions Of Grandeur

I watched this Maule pull out of the hangars on the west side of Boeing Field.  It was given taxi instructions by the tower which involved a right turn to taxi south on Bravo.  For some reason, they turned left and taxied north.  It didn’t take long before a gentle reminder was provided and they did a quick 180 and taxied to the correct end of the runway for departure.  As they climbed out, I could see their markings next to the cockpit.  They had some mission marks that suggested they may have fought for the Rebel Alliance against the Empire.  The Maule is a nice little plane but it is hardly the Millennium Falcon!

Catching An Italian Floatplane Going To And From Oshkosh

While driving around the back of Renton, I saw this nice floatplane.  It is a SIAI Marchetti 1019 – a utility aircraft with a turboprop powerplant.  Based on the Cessna O-1 Bird Dog, it had a decent military career and now plenty of them have found their way into civilian hands.  A short while later, I saw pictures of this airframe at Oshkosh for the annual EAA gathering.  Our paths were to cross again, though, when it showed up at Boeing Field, making an approach to the short runway.  A bit further away than ideal but definitely cool to catch it again.

A Trip Is Worth It For The Rare Hawker 4000

Until recently, I had only got one good shot of a Hawker 4000.  This was Hawker’s effort at a larger bizjet and it also made extensive use of composites.  It originally came under the name Horizon and the development program was very long requiring a couple of extensions to the certification application because it was expiring.  The plane did not sell well and it was discontinued.  They are so rare, the first time I shot one, I didn’t even realize what it was and figured it was a Challenger 300.  Aside from one high overhead, I hadn’t seen one since.

When I saw one was due in to Boeing Field on a Sunday, in figured that was worth a trip on its own.  I didn’t have anything going on so I headed over.  As it happened, there was plenty of interest at BFI that day so the trip was very productive.  However, even if that hadn’t been the case, it would still have been worth it to catch this unusual and rare type.

Osprey Getting In On The Seafair Action

I spent the Friday of Seafair down at the shore of Lake Washington watching the flying demonstrations (and taking the occasional work call).  The planes weren’t the only aviators over the lake though.  Despite a TFR being in place, a local osprey decided to ignore it and cruise along the shore line.  I never saw it actually dive after any prey for the whole time I was there.  Instead it would just start towards the south end and gradually drift northwards.  After it had completed the leg, it would return to the start and repeat the process.

Fortunately, it was very close to the shore and nowhere near the display box so there was no risk being posed to the performers in the show.  However, it was quite a distraction to everyone around where I was and we would turn to watch it rather than the display aircraft each time it came through.  Initially it was a little offshore and a bit of a reach with the long lens but it came progressively closer in and was right overhead on a number of occasions.

People Dressing Up A Bit Too Much?

A while back I posted some shots I took of the rowing at the University of Washington during the Windermere Cup.  What I didn’t share at the time and what I only recently remembered I had found amusing was the parade before the racing started.  The Seattle Yacht Club participated with a parade after the races but, beforehand, three of their leadership went the length of the course on a boat.  The three of them were apparently an Admiral, an Admiralette (apparently that is a thing as if a woman can’t be an Admiral) and a Vice-Admiral.  They were dressed up like extras from HMS Pinafore.  I found the whole thing rather bizarre.