Lime Kiln Lighthouse

Lime Kiln Lighthouse on the west side of San Juan Island, Washington

Lime Kiln Lighthouse on the west side of San Juan Island, Washington

Lime Kiln Lighthouse on the west side of San Juan Island, Washington

Lime Kiln Lighthouse on the west side of San Juan Island, Washington

Lime Kiln Lighthouse on the west side of San Juan Island, Washington

Saturday, July 28, 2012

No. 84 North Cascade Vintage Fly-In 2012

Location: Mears Field Airport
When: Friday July 27 through Sunday July 29th, 2012

North Cascade Vintage Fly-In

The skies above Concrete this weekend will be filled with airplanes and the history those planes represent.

The North Cascades Vintage Fly-In will take place Friday through Sunday, July 27-29, at Mears Field. Dozens of antique, classic and vintage airplanes are expected, as their owners will display the planes both on the ground and in the air.

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The Fairchild 22 in Skagit Aero Museum Hanger
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Almost ready to Fly agin
Concrete Fly-IN 3W5
RYAN ST-A Special pulled out
Concrete Fly-IN 3W5
North American SNJ-5 Texan N154CF arriving at 3W5
Concrete Fly-IN 3W5
Stephan Hamock setup under the wing of his 1957 Super Pacer
Concrete Fly-IN 3W5
Piper PA-16 Clipper
Concrete Fly-IN 3W5
RYAN ST-A Special
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

No. 83 Plane Spotting: Boeing Field KBFI

Boeing Field, officially King County International Airport (KBFI), is a two-runway airport owned and run by King County, Washington, USA.  The airport is located just a few miles south of Downtown Seattle and can be scene from Interstate I-5. The airport has a few FBOs, some scheduled Kenmore Air commercial flights to areas around the Puget Sound, both fixed wing and helicopter flight schools based on the east side of the airport. On the north end Airlift Northwest runs its helicopter Medevac and jet air ambulance services. On the south side King County Sherrifs Office keeps its fleet of PD and SAR helicopters. The west side of the airport features the Museum of Flight, General Aviation tie-downs and hangars, FAA Control Tower, and the name sake to the airport, the Boeing Company.
All though Boeing doesn't build aircraft at this airport (737 come from Renton; 767,777,787,747 are built in Everett) there still are plenty of aircraft going through flight testing and final inspections prior to client fly-away and delivery.

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North Park Viewing Spot:
 Ruby Chow Park
13th Ave S and S Hardy St
Seattle, WA 98108
From I-5 south take Exit 161 Alboro Place, keep right and turn onto S. Alboro Place. Get into left lane. At the second traffic light, 13 Ave South, turn left. The park and grassy area will be on your left. 

Images from Ruby Chow Park

Boeing Field Plane Spotting Boeing Field Plane SpottingGlobalExpress dept North

Images from Mid Field Air Park

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress taxiing down BRAVO BOE006 H/787 Dreamliner rollling by in between rain and sunshineTurkish Airforce Wedgetail N356BJ

Museum of Fligh:
Located in the south west corner of the airport, the Museum of Flight gives you close action to aircraft landing on Runway 31L in a north arrival. Departures will be breaking through 800ft at this time. The parking lot is part of the mueum's private property. Standing on your vehicles roof or on tall ladders might make them to ask you to leave.

Images from The Museum of Flight

Boeing 747-8i N6067E taxiing for RWY 31L  bravo lens rental Learn Photography Online with the Pros Save $10 Now #KTCJQ12  Receive a FREE GIFT from Think Tank Photo

Sunday, July 22, 2012

No. 82 Future of Flight

Future of Flight
8415 Paine Field Blvd
Mukilteo, WA 98275


Boeing Future of Flight

The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour offers the only opportunity to tour a commercial jet assembly plant in North America. The center and tour are made possible through the collaboration of the Boeing Company, Future of Flight Foundation, Snohomish County Public Facilities District and the Snohomish County Airport/Paine Field.
Located approximately 25 miles north of Seattle, The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is the only public tour of a commercial jet assembly plant in North America.
Explore the interactive exhibits and displays in our 28,000-square-foot Aviation Center Gallery; then go behind the scenes for a 90-minute tour of the Boeing plant where you can watch 747s, 777s, or 787s being assembled right before your eyes.
The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. year-round, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Boeing tours begin at 9 a.m. and are offered on the hour with the last tour time starting at 3 p.m. Additional tour times may be added during high season (June-September). On Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, the Future of Flight closes at 1:30pm with the last Boeing Tour of the day beginning at 11:00am.

This schedule is subject to change.
For the most up-to-date tour times available call

Boeing Future of Flight
Entrance to Future of Flight
Boeing Future of Flight Tour
Business Class Seating
Boeing Future of Flight Tour
Main Lobby of Future of Flight
Boeing Future of Flight Tour
264 Flags of Nations display
Boeing Future of Flight Tour
Exhibit Floor of Future of Flight
Boeing Future of Flight Tour
Boeing Turbine Power Plant by Rolls-Royce Trent
Boeing Future of Flight Tour
Cat Walk to the Strato Deck
Boeing Future of Flight Tour
Worlds Largest building by Volume in the Distance- Boeing Everett 787,767,777,747 Production Lines
Boeing Future of Flight Tour
The Strato Deck. Get a roof top view of airport operations
Boeing Future of Flight Tour
Boeing 787 Flightline with Dreamlifters
Boeing Future of Flight Tour
Kilo North Taxi Construction
Boeing Future of Flight Tour
Get Buzzed by Test Aircraft from the Strato Deck
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No. 81 J.P. Patches Fremont Statue

On August 17th, 2008 a bronze statue of J.P. and Gertrude was unveiled at the corner of Fremont Avenue North and North 34th Street in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. The unveiling date was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the J.P. Patches show. The statue is called "Late for the Interurban" by sculptor Kevin Pettelle, and is approximately 250 feet east of "Waiting for the Interurban."
J.P. Patches (full name: Julius Pierpont Patches) was a clown portrayed by Seattle entertainer Chris Wedes (1928 – July 22, 2012). The J.P. Patches Show was one of the longer-running locally-produced children's television programs in the United States, having appeared on Seattle TV station KIRO channel 7 from 1958 to 1981.The show was live, unrehearsed improv with rarely more than two live actors on screen (Wedes and Bob Newman) but with frequent contributions from the sound-effects man and off-camera crew.
 The unveiling was attended by hundreds of Patches' Pals, including Washington Governor Christine Gregoire, Congressman Jim McDermott, King County Executive Ron Sims, and several members of the county and city councils; both Chris Wedes (J. P. Patches) and Bob Newman (Gertrude) were present. The event was emceed by Pat Cashman, and the keynote address was given by Wedes' 16-year-old granddaughter, Christine Frost.

No. 80 Plane Spotting: Paine Field KPAE Everett, Washington

Paine Field Airport
3220 100th Street Southwest
Everett, Washington 98204
Paine Field is located near to the Puget Sound shoreline between Mukilteo, Wa and Everett, Wa. The largest and loudest tenant at this airport is Boeing Aircraft Manufacturing. The Boeing Factory is the largest building by volume and houses the final assembly lines of the 777, 767, 747 and 787 Dreamliner.
To reserve a tour of the Boeing factory visit

Airport Attractions:
Museum of Flight Restoration Center
Historic Flight Foundation
Flying Heritage Collection
Future of Flight (Boeing)

Each day of the week offers different sizes and types of aircraft. During the week between 9am and 2pm you can see Boeing Heavy Jets head out for test flights. During the day Boeing 737's come in for touch and goes during their B1 flights from Moses Lake. Friday afternoon and throughout the weekend smaller General Aviation Aircraft head off for the smaller airports around the puget sound.

To view filed Departure and Arrival Flight Plans to/from KPAW check here
2012 Air Show Calendar 

Planespotting Spots:
North West Spot A (Future of Flight Parking Lot)
This location has a commanding view of the Boeing plant and flight line. It can provide a backdrop of the factory along with the plane in blue sky shots.
Directions: From I-5, take the WA-526 exit toward Mukilteo, keeping left through the off-ramp. Follow past the runway to the light at the museum, turning left.
 Photography: A 70-200 will cover most of the larger aircraft, but a 200+ is necessary for most biz jets and general aviation. Best of all, fences aren’t necessary to worry about because the location has several convenient mounds. You can also view the area from the observation deck at the future of flight during business hours, though you may need pre-purchased tickets for certain events, such as the first flight of a new aircraft type. The light is best from noon on through the day.

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Shots from Spot A
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Saturday, July 21, 2012

No. 79 Palouse Falls

Palouse Falls State Park
State Highway 261
 Prescott, WA

The Palouse Falls is tucked away in the Eastern part of Washington State. After a very windy drive, including a few miles on dirt roads, you can find this amazing location. The falls consists of an upper falls with a drop of ~20 feet (6.1 m) which lies 1,000 feet (300 m) north northwest of the main drop, and a lower falls, with a drop of ~180 feet (55 m).
There are several trails to walk around the falls and even down to the bottom if you are so inclined.

Palouse Region The park, camp ground and falls are really basically located out in the middle of nowhere. You drive on a gravely road and then get to park right above this amazing natural wonder. The height of the waterfall is about 180 feet and the height of the cliff I am standing on is about 377' above the pool of water. The foamy white look in the middle of the pool is formed from the minerals that are present in the water, almost like a soapy residue. This was really apparent on the back side of the falls where you look at the river and can see the residue lining the coulee walls.
Palouse Region
Local Waterfall Spectators along the ridge
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