One of the big attractions is the Navy’s famous Blue Angels flight
demonstration team. Part of that team is a United States Marine Corps
C-130 cargo plane called “Fat Albert.” Civilian media and members of the
military got to experience a ride in “Fat Albert” Friday afternoon.
The Blue Angels have been around since 1946, performing in air shows across the country to show off the speed and agility of military aircraft.
Captain Katie Higgins, 27, is piloting “Fat Albert” over Hillsboro
for the weekend. She’s the first female pilot in the history of the Blue
Angels. She was named to the team in July 2014, and piloted her first
air show flight in the spring of 2015. (Click the “Play Video” button
above to watch the flight.)
“Fat Albert” carries all of the maintenance equipment for the Blue Angels F-18 fighter jets. It also transports crew.
KATU News reporter Hillary Lake was on board Friday’s flight. The
plane pulled a G-force of two and traveled 368 mph. It made several low
passes over the Hillsboro airport, and surrounding land, dropping to a
lowest elevation of just 50 feet.
The air show runs all weekend. Gates open at 9 a.m. and planes start flying at 11 a.m. More information about where to purchase tickets is found on the website for the air show.
On Saturday, July 18, all members of the military get in for free.