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USN Blue Angels' "Fat Albert"  
User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 13
Posted (14 years 8 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2690 times:

Gentlemen, and the ladies too...
Just wondering if the Blue Angels still use Fat Albert in their shows. I know it's a C-130 Herk, but is it just one Herk, or is there's more than one? If so, which model is it? Also, does the USAF Thunderbirds have a similar aircraft that they use to support the team? Any & all replys is appreciated. Regards.

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User currently offlineMikeN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 8 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2636 times:

The current "Fat Albert" Herk is a TC-130G. I believe there is only one, and yes, it still performs at shows.


As for the Thunderbirds, I don't know what their using now.


User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2621 times:

I believe the T-Birds use a C-141 for transport...it is painted in a special scheme but its not featured in their show like Fat Albert...


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User currently offlineUSAir1489 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 374 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2606 times:

In a similar thread on a different message board, the Thunderbirds use whatever transport they can get for the weekend. Sometimes it's a C-141, sometimes it's a C-17, sometimes it's a C-130, or there are times when they just don't have one because of operational commitments. Often, the Thunderbirds do not know what they will have as far as a support aircraft goes.

I will get an opportunity to photograph/videotape Fat Albert and the Blues tomorrow at Willow Grove. Hope to see some of you guys there!


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User currently offlineKC-135 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2583 times:

I belive it is a C-130 "H" model with JATO rockets attached to the under rear fuselage. And as far as I know they only operate one. When teh Thunderbirds came to Westmoreland County Airshow, they had a C-130 also come in but I dont know if that is the regular plane.


User currently offlineFly_yhm From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 1714 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (14 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2567 times:

I saw the Blue Angels Fat albert a few years ago at the rochester Airshow and it was cool. As for the thunderbirds both times I have seen them In Hamilton they have had a C-141 both times from Mchord AFB.

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User currently offlineJ_hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2554 times:

Seeing FA do a JATO is an impressive sight...and LOUD!
Was at MacDill and they did it as part of show..
They don't always do a JATO though, depends on conditions as i understand it...

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