A US Army Chinook heavy lift helicopter carries a Humvee while a C-17 Globemaster III takes off in the background. The ability for the Air Force and Army to work cohesively, especially during deployments, is crucial for our ability to get assets and forces where they’re needed when they’re needed.
Fat Albert Putting on its Show
U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, C-130 transport aircraft, affectionately known as Fat Albert, takes off during a demonstration at the California International Airshow at the Salinas Municipal Airport.
Fat Albert History
In 1970, after operating a variety of logistics aircraft, the Blue Angels transitioned to a Marine Corps Lockheed KC-130F Hercules – a tactical transport aircraft. It was operated by an all-Marine crew and affectionately named “Fat Albert.” The team still recruits an all-Marine aircrew to operate its Fat Albert logistics aircraft today, but has upgraded to a Lockheed Martin C-130T Hercules.
Light the Rockets – JATO
Part of Fat Albert’s demonstration used to include JATO take offs – Jet Assisted Take Offs. Although the name says Jet, more accurately they’re solid-fuel rockets, four strapped to each side.
Inside the Fat Albert Cockpit
More USMC in the Marines Zone
The C-5 Galaxy has been around a long time now. But that’s no reason not to celebrate it’s insane airlift capabilities! They’re just as amazing and relevant today as they were during the ramp-up of the Cold War. Below we’ll take a look at some of the amazing specs, crazy photos, and some great first-hand accounts of flying the largest plane in the US Air Force.Continue reading How much can you lift? The Mighty C-5M Super Galaxy
U.S. Air Force Capt. Maggie Linn, left, and Lt. Col. Michael Prodeline, both C-17 Globemaster III pilots with the 732nd Airlift Squadron, 514th Air Mobility Wing, prepare to land at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Nov. 18, 2018. The 514th is an Air Force Reserve Command unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)
A CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, flies over the Las Vegas strip, July 31, 2018. The 20th SOS is at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, participating in Red Flag 18-3. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)
Army paratroopers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, wait to board an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III before conducting an airborne assault during exercise Arctic Anvil 19-01 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Oct. 9, 2018. Arctic Anvil 19-01 is a joint, multi-national, force-on-force training exercise designed to provide the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team a tough, realistic training event that validates their ability to fight and win as a combined arms team in preparation for their rotation at the Army’s National Training Center in California early next year. The exercise took place in the training areas surrounding Delta Junction and Fort Greely and involved approximately 6000 Soldiers and military personnel that also included about 400 paratroopers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)
An Air Mobility Command C-17 Globemaster III from Travis Air Force Base, California, sits on the flight line at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Oct. 12, 2018. The aircraft delivered a contingency response team to assess damage and establish conditions for the re-initiation of airflow, bringing much needed equipment, supplies and personnel for the rebuilding of the base in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. AMC equipment and personnel stand by across the nation to provide even more support upon request. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Liliana Moreno)
Coast Guard crew members from Air Station Clearwater, Florida, prepare aircraft for deployment in preparation for post Hurricane Michael response efforts Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. After the storm passes Coast Guard crews will surge to assist people in affected areas. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Ryan Stille)
U.S. Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 252 participate in a homecoming ceremony on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Oct. 3, 2018. VMGR-252 returned home from a seven-month deployment in support of the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force. VMGR-252 is a squadron with Marine Aircraft Group 14, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cody J. Ohira)
An Alaska Air National Guard C-130J Super Hercules conducts air drop qualification training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Oct. 3, 2018. When air drop training occurs, combat mobility technicians from the 773d Logistics Readiness Squadron are called upon to operate as malfunction officers at the drop zone. In addition to scouting the drop zone area during a training, technicians are also responsible to recover the loads and parachutes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Crystal A. Jenkins)
U.S. Air Force Maj. Greg Hafley, a C-130 Hercules aircraft pilot assigned to the 139th Airlift Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, participates in a personnel drop during Saber Junction 18 above Germany, Sept. 19, 2018. Saber Junction 18 is the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade’s combat training center certification exercise, taking place on the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas. The U.S. Army Europe-directed exercise is designed to assess the readiness of the brigade to conduct unified land operations in a joint, combined environment and to promote interoperability with participating allies and partner nations. Saber Junction 18 includes nearly 5,500 participants from 20 ally and partner nations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson)
U.S. Army soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, as well as soldiers from various allied nations, parachute from U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft onto a drop zone in Germany, Sept. 19, 2018. Saber Junction 18 is the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade’s combat training center certification exercise, taking place on the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas. The U.S. Army Europe-directed exercise is designed to assess the readiness of the brigade to conduct unified land operations in a joint, combined environment and to promote interoperability with participating allies and partner nations. Saber Junction 18 includes nearly 5,500 participants from 20 ally and partner nations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson)