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USN Blue Angels' "Fat Albert"

Sat Sep 08, 2001 12:45 am

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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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RE: USN Blue Angels' "Fat Albert"

Sat Sep 08, 2001 1:11 am

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.

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RE: USN Blue Angels' "Fat Albert"

Sat Sep 08, 2001 9:55 am

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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RE: USN Blue Angels' "Fat Albert"

Sat Sep 08, 2001 10:47 pm

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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RE: USN Blue Angels' "Fat Albert"

Wed Sep 19, 2001 7:02 am

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.

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RE: USN Blue Angels' "Fat Albert"

Thu Sep 20, 2001 5:57 am

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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RE: USN Blue Angels' "Fat Albert"

Sat Sep 22, 2001 6:00 am

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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