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Fat Albert’s Last Flight

Fat Albert arrives at Traverse City, Michigan in 2018 with the crew chief (on top) spotting for any obstruction as it taxis on the tarmac. (Dennis Biela)

Swan song for a C-130

It’s a bittersweet day for us as we say our final farewell to our venerable C-130T, Fat Albert,” the Blue Angels announced on May 22. The aircraft—famous for its jet-assisted takeoffs—performed double-duty for 17 years as the Blue’s opening act at airshows while also hauling equipment and support crews around the country. The Navy is looking at potential replacements, including a C-130J from the British Royal Air Force. Fat Albert will serve its remaining years as a ground training aid.
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