Cascade Warbirds Flyover of Vintage Aircraft over Puget Sound

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This past Friday, May 8, 2020, a squadron of eleven vintage aircraft took to the sky. The Cascade Warbirds’ historic military aircraft departed Arlington Municipal Airport (KAWO) around 11:30 a.m. for a flight over the Puget Sound.

This flyover of the Cascade Warbirds was in honor of the 75th anniversary of victory in Europe during World War II. Victory in Europe Day, also called V-E Day, marks the Allied forces’ formal acceptance of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender on May 8, 1945.

The Cascade Warbirds is a group of aviation enthusiasts who want to promote restoration, preservation and, operation of historic aircraft as well as aviation education and honoring veterans. During the summer months, roughly from April through September, the aviation enthusiasts fly their warbirds at airshows and other events.

Their route took the warbirds south from Arlington Municipal Airport over the cities of Everett, Lynnwood, Seattle, Tukwila, SeaTac, Des Moines, Federal Way, Fife, Tacoma and others on the way.

Flyover Planespotting

I captured the Cascade Warbirds during their fight over Boeing Field, just south of Seattle. First I was checking if they would have ADS-B transmitters so I could follow them on one of the many flight tracking apps. Unfortunately, they didn’t and therefore I waited patiently with my camera ready at Boeing Field. 

Just before noon, the warbirds came in low from the northern end of the Boeing Field runway. It looked like a scene out of a movie with this small attach planes flying that low.

It was great to hear their engines soar through the air while I was busy capturing them. About halfway down the runway, two planes turned on the smoke and draw a nice path in front of the Museum of Flight while continuing on south towards Tukwilla and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

It was a beautiful sunny day. The weather couldn’t have been any better than it was. I am sure the pilots had a great view of Mount Rainier on their way south.

For me, it was a great sight to see these planes flying outside of an airshow. After spotting the Cascade Warbirds, I also snapped another picture of Boeing’s newest 777 aircraft while parked at their facility at Boeing Field.

Boeing 777X

On my way back, I had to stop and snap a picture of these BNSF locomotives sitting next to Boeing Field with Mount Rainier in the background. What a beautiful day and thanks to my work, I was able to make a stop to capture these images.

BNSF Locomotives and Mount Rainier

Flyover Friday

The Cascade Warbirds’ flyover wasn’t the only one that day. The 62nd Airlift Wing, based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, took two C-17 Globemaster III cargo planes to the sky. This flyover was to salute health care workers at the forefront of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to a statement, the money for this flyover was already allocated for training flights and would have been used for that either way.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to capture the C-17’s at any of their flyovers of local health care facilities. The photo below shows a C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane captured during the Miami Beach Airshow in 2019.

C-17 Globemaster III

Did you guys watch any of the flyovers?

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