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.
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