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Mon, May 27, 2019

Blue Angels Retire 'Fat Albert'

Has Served The Navy's Demonstration Team For 17 Years

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels have announced the retirement of one of their most visible assets ... a C-130 dubbed "Fat Albert".

In a message posted to Facebook the team called the day "bittersweet" after the airplane flew for the final time.

"Fat Albert has served the Blue Angels honorably the past 17 years, flown more than 30,000 hours in support of our mission, and represented the United States Marine Corps to millions of fans," the post said.

"This current airframe, BUNO 164763, has been with the team since 2002, and was the last C-130 to conduct a jet-assisted take-off (JATO).

"While this may come as a shock to many of our fans, we have known this day was coming. The team will be transported via Fleet-provided logistics, until a permanent replacement aircraft is identified. Fat Albert will enjoy her retirement as a ground-based training aid in Fort Worth, Texas."

(Image from Blue Angels video posted to Facebook)

FMI: www.facebook.com/USNavyBlueAngels/

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