PENSACOLA , Fla. (WEAR-TV) — The U.S. Navy announced the Blue Angels will soon have their new “ Fat Albert” replacement cargo plane.
According to a recent release from the Navy, “Fat Albert” is scheduled to be delivered in Spring 2020.
The Navy says they saved approximately $50 million less by building a new craft.
A $29.7 million contract was awarded to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense (UK MOD) to build the C-130J Super Hercules.
Captain Steven Nassau, PMA-207 Program Manager said ” This is a win-win for the U.S. Navy and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense. Just as the Navy recognized the imminent need to replace the Fat Albert aircraft, the UK MOD was divesting of an American made, C-130J aircraft allowing us to acquire a suitable replacement aircraft as a major cost savings.”
The last Fat Albert aircraft retired last month and now serves as a ground-base training platform in Fort Worth, Texas according to the Navy.
The Navy reported the Naval Flight demonstration Squadron will continue to fly the Marine Corps s C-130 Hercules or Navy assets until the replacement plane is completed.