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South China Sea Live Fire Exercise [Photo]

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 24, 2019) The mark 45 5-inch gun is fired from the forecastle of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) during a live-fire gunnery exercise. Milius is underway conducting operations in the Indo-Pacific region while assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor DiMartino)

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Orion Spaceship Arrives in Super Guppy [4 Photos]

The NASA Super Guppy arrives following the lead of a C-130H Hercules from the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio, Nov. 24, 2019. The 179th Airlift Wing is assisting the NASA Super Guppy in transporting parts of the Orion Space Project to Mansfield where it can be transported by truck to the Glenn Research Center in Sandusky, Ohio. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood)
The NASA Super Guppy unloads the Orion Space Project using a 60k loader with assistance from the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio, Nov. 24, 2019.
Airmen prepare a 60k loader for the NASA Super Guppy as it prepares to unload the Orion Space Project with assistance from the 179th Airlift Wing.
The NASA Super Guppy unloads the Orion Space Project using a 60k loader with assistance from the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio, Nov. 24, 2019.
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Some Serious Moving – Chinook with a Globemaster [Photo]

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.

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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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Top 5 Blue Angels Videos of 2019

Glad you’re here! Join us on a quick tour below of the best Blue Angels videos from 2019. These Sailors put on some amazing shows this season. Take a look!

5. Head-on Take Off of #6

4. Oshkosh Air Show Flyover

3. Closest Formation Turn

2. Low over the Fence

1. Gyro-Stabilized Cockpit View