Blue Angel’s “Fat Albert” takes final flight
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are saying “so long” to their beloved C-130T aircraft, affectionately known as “Fat Albert.”
The announcement came on Wednesday, and the Blue Angels team noted that the plane -which falls under the US Marine Corps- had served for 17 years and had flown for more than 30,000 hours.
The current airframe had served since 2002, when it replaced the last C-130 to do the job. It was the last C-130 in history to (officially) use Jet-Assisted Take-Off (JATO).
According to WEAR, the C-130T “will enjoy her retirement as a ground-based training aid in Fort Worth, Texas.”
The Navy plans on using Fleet-provided transport and logistics until a permanent aircraft replacement is chosen.
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