Blue Angels Announce New Officers For 2020 Season

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The US Navy Blue Angels have announced some new faces that will be joining the team! The two F/A-18 Hornet demonstration pilots, two C-130 Hercules pilots, maintenance officer, and public affairs officer will assume their roles before the 2020 airshow season. Marine Corps Maj. Frank Zastoupil, of Kingwood, Texas, is an F-35 Lightning II pilot… Read more

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

Blue Angels Set To Kick Off 2019 Airshow Season This Weekend

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The 2019 US airshow season will kick into high gear this weekend when the Blue Angels perform at NAF El Centro in California. The team has been at the base for months, flying the 120 practice flights that make up their winter training syllabus. We visited El Centro last week to get a look at… Read more

Blue Angels Preparing Fat Albert For Return To Airshows This Summer

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Could Fat Albert, the US Navy Blue Angels’ C-130 transport, return to airshows soon? There are several indications that say yes! During an interview with NewsRadio1620 on May 30th, Commander Doyle (Blue Angel #1) said that the team is working on getting the current Fat Albert repaired and operational – potentially in time for the… 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

New USAF Exercise “Mobility Guardian” Exceeds Expectations

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Air Mobility Command has restructured their biennial exercise, formerly known as Air Mobility Rodeo (which last took place in 2011), into a new mission-focused exercise called Mobility Guardian. Originally a competitive event that challenged the best of United States Air Force and international teams in various mission-based competitions, Mobility Guardian has shifted to focus on… 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 Returns To Airshows!

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Fat Albert, the Blue Angels C-130 Hercules transport will return to the skies this week for the first airshow demonstration since her maintenance overhaul. Bert will fly in the annual Pensacola Beach Airshow, slated for June 8th. Practice day is Friday, June 7th. Late last summer, Fat Albert was grounded for the end of the… Read more

Fat Albert Is Ready To Roll: Maintenance Complete!

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The Blue Angels’ C-130T Hercules, affectionately known as “Fat Albert” is ready to return to the team after undergoing a maintenance overhaul at Hill AFB! Fat Albert crew members went to Hill AFB recently to check out Bert and take delivery of the aircraft. Bert had been at Hill for several months after a chemical… Read more