Hey, hey, hey. The Blue Angels’ “Fat Albert,” the demonstration group’s support transport, puts on a solo show.
The Blue Angels flight demonstration team, made up of Navy and Marine pilots, have been performing since 1946. Here’s a “bet you didn’t know” fact about the Blue Angels – in addition to the F/A-18 Hornets flown for the precise maneuvers, there’s a C-130T Hercules that also performs.
Nicknamed “Fat Albert,” the C-130’s primary assignment is transporting spare parts, equipment and support personnel between performances. Flown by an all-Marine flight crew of three officers and five enlisted personnel, Fat Albert puts on a solo demonstration including low-level runs and breath-taking banking moves.
When it first started putting on demonstrations in 1975, the C-130 was used for Jet Assisted Take Offs. However, that was eliminated in 2009 because of a dwindling supply of rockets.
You can check out the cockpit video of Fat Albert in action at a recent air show and here’s a link to what it looked like from the ground.