New “Fat Albert” C-130 Expected To Join Blue Angels In 2020

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The US Navy has taken the next step toward getting “Fat Albert Airlines” flying again. The Naval Air Systems Command awarded a $29.7 million contract to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence this month for a C-130J Hercules aircraft. The C-130 will head to the Blue Angels to serve as their transport. The team retired… Read more

“Fat Albert” C-130 Retires From Blue Angel Duties

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The current “Fat Albert” has flown her last show. Of course, “Fat Albert” is the name given to the C-130 Hercules transport assigned to the famous US Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron. Their current C-130T aircraft (BuNo 164763) has had numerous issues in recent years and saw extended periods of down time for maintenance… Read more

New Details On Blue Angels’ Fat Albert Replacement Process

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In a statement to NewsRadio 1620 in Pensacola, Naval Air Systems Command, commonly known as NavAir, confirmed that they are looking to the Royal Air Force for a replacement for a new Fat Albert. The new report sheds a little more light on the situation after the original news that the RAF was listed in… Read more

Blue Angels Look To Royal Air Force For Replacement Fat Albert Aircraft

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“Fat Albert” could soon be traveling with the Blue Angels, thanks in part to the Royal Air Force. FBO.gov, the Federal Government’s Contracting website posted a contract notice looking for an urgent replacement for the Blue’s current Bert. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) intends to negotiate and award a sole source contract with the… Read more

Fat Albert Grounded As Part Of C-130T Safety Stand Down, Not Expected To Appear In Oshkosh

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Fat Albert is grounded once again. All KC-130T Hercules aircraft, used by the Marine Corps, have been grounded as a precaution after a KC-130 crashed earlier this month in Louisiana, killing 16. This includes Fat Albert, the support aircraft of the US Navy Blue Angels demonstration team that is performing at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh… Read more

Fat Albert Loses Famous Blue Angel Paint Scheme As Part Of Maintenance Overhaul

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Fat Albert has lost the famous blue and gold colors of the Blue Angels as part of a maintenance overhaul currently underway. The aircraft was flown to Tinker AFB in Oklahoma, where crews worked in three shifts to remove the famous paint scheme and check for corrosion. The base Facebook page posted a photo of… Read more

Blue Angels’ Fat Albert Will Reportedly Not Fly Again Until After 2016 Airshow Season

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Fat Albert, the famous C-130 Hercules that serves as the transport for the US Navy Blue Angels, appears to be done flying for the season. As we reported last week, Bert was forced to miss the Seattle Seafair airshow this past weekend due to unspecified maintenance issues, and unconfirmed reports began circulating that it would… Read more

US Navy Blue Angels’ Fat Albert To Skip 2016 Seattle Seafair For Maintenance

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The US Navy Blue Angels’ famous C-130 Hercules transport known as “Fat Albert” or “Bert” will not be performing with the team in Seattle this weekend. The team, which arrived in the area yesterday, announced that due to mechanical issues the aircraft will have to undergo maintenance instead of making the trip. Bert is operated… Read more