Blue Angel’s “Fat Albert” takes final flight

Blue Angel’s “Fat Albert” takes final flight 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,... 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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