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Patriots Jet team takes to the skies over Mercer Island | Seafair 2013 photos

The Patriots Jet Team practice on Friday, Aug. 2. - Megan Managan/Staff photo
The Patriots Jet Team practice on Friday, Aug. 2.
— image credit: Megan Managan/Staff photo

Though it was a quieter Seafair Friday than in years past, thanks to the wet and cloudy weather, that didn't stop curious onlookers from checking out this year's Boeing Air Show practice on Friday, Aug. 2 on Mercer Island.

This year the Patriots Jet team practiced over Lake Washington on Friday afternoon, and will perform shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The Patriots Jet team last performed as part of Seafair weekend in 2007 and 2008. The team of six planes, includes pilots who have flown with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, USAF Thunderbirds and Royal Candaian Air Force.

The team was founded in 2003 as a two plane formation group, but have since expanded to the current six. The team's performances include a computerized red, white and blue smoke system.

This year's pilots include: lead Dean Wright (#1), right wingman Rob Hutchison (#2), left wingman John Posson (#3), slot pilot Paul Strickland (#4), outer left wing Rob Mitchell (#5) and right wing Scott Ind (#6).

Due to the performances, the I-90 floating bridge across Lake Washington will be closed on both Saturday and Sunday from 1:15 to 2:40 p.m.

To learn more about the Patriots Jet Team, visitwww.patriotsjetteam.com and www.facebook.com/patriotsjetteam.

 

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