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“Fat Albert” – Blue Angels C-130 Hercules

Fat Albert Putting on its Show

Fat Albert taking off

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

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Marines Live Fire Exercise in Jordan

WADI SHADIYA, JORDAN (Sept. 2, 2019) A light armored vehicle 25 with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/5, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires its main gun during Exercise Eager Lion 19. Eager Lion, U.S. Central Command’s largest and most complex exercise, is an opportunity to integrate forces in a multilateral environment, operate in realistic terrain and strengthen military-to-military relationships. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Adam Dublinske)

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Trump Approves Lethal Force by Military at Border

U.S. Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 7, secures concertina wire and barbed wire to barriers at the San Luis I Port of Entry in Arizona, Nov. 19, 2018. U.S. Northern Command is providing military support to the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to secure the Southern border of the United States. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cutler Brice)

U.S. Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 7, secures concertina wire and barbed wire to barriers at the San Luis I Port of Entry in Arizona, Nov. 19, 2018. U.S. Northern Command is providing military support to the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to secure the Southern border of the United States. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cutler Brice)

U.S. Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 7, secures concertina wire and barbed wire to barriers at the San Luis I Port of Entry in Arizona, Nov. 19, 2018. U.S. Northern Command is providing military support to the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to secure the Southern border of the United States. On Thursday, Nov. 22, President Trump approved the use of lethal force by US Marines and other troops currently deployed at the border. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cutler Brice)

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US Marines Artillery in Norway

U.S. Marines with Echo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines, 2D Marine Division, set up a M777A2 Light Towed Howitzer during Exercise Trident Juncture 18 in Driva, Norway on Nov. 2, 2018. Trident Juncture is a multinational NATO exercise that enhances professional relationships and improves overall coordination with Allied and partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Deanna C. Gonzales/Released)

U.S. Marines with Echo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines, 2D Marine Division, set up a M777A2 Light Towed Howitzer during Exercise Trident Juncture 18 in Driva, Norway on Nov. 2, 2018. Trident Juncture is a multinational NATO exercise that enhances professional relationships and improves overall coordination with Allied and partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Deanna C. Gonzales/Released)

U.S. Marines with Echo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines, 2D Marine Division, set up a M777A2 Light Towed Howitzer during Exercise Trident Juncture 18 in Driva, Norway on Nov. 2, 2018. Trident Juncture is a multinational NATO exercise that enhances professional relationships and improves overall coordination with Allied and partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Deanna C. Gonzales/Released)

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F-35B Landing Configuration

Royal Navy Cmdr. Nathan Gray, F-35 Pax River ITF test pilot, conducts short take offs and vertical landings with an F-35B on Aug. 23, 2018, at NAS Patuxent River as part of the workups for the First of Class Flight Trials aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth. Around 200 supporting staff from the ITF, including pilots, engineers, maintainers and data analysts, will take two F-35Bs test aircraft aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth this fall to evaluate the fifth-generation aircraft performance and integration with Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier. This fixed wing test period brings the U.K. one step closer to carrier strike capabilities.

Royal Navy Cmdr. Nathan Gray, F-35 Pax River ITF test pilot, conducts short take offs and vertical landings with an F-35B on Aug. 23, 2018, at NAS Patuxent River as part of the workups for the First of Class Flight Trials aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth.  Around 200 supporting staff from the ITF, including pilots, engineers, maintainers and data analysts, will take two F-35Bs test aircraft aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth this fall to evaluate the fifth-generation aircraft performance and integration with Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier. This fixed wing test period brings the U.K. one step closer to carrier strike capabilities.

Royal Navy Cmdr. Nathan Gray, F-35 Pax River ITF test pilot, conducts short take offs and vertical landings with an F-35B on Aug. 23, 2018, at NAS Patuxent River as part of the workups for the First of Class Flight Trials aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Around 200 supporting staff from the ITF, including pilots, engineers, maintainers and data analysts, will take two F-35Bs test aircraft aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth this fall to evaluate the fifth-generation aircraft performance and integration with Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier. This fixed wing test period brings the U.K. one step closer to carrier strike capabilities.