C-54 “Spirit of Freedom” Heavily Damaged By Storm

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The C-54 Skymaster named “Spirit of Freedom” has been severely damaged by strong storms that came as part of a severe weather break out across the Southeastern US yesterday and today. The storms have killed at least 19 people and damaged countless structures including several hits on airports. The aircraft is operated by the non-profit… Read more

Air Force’s C-17/KC-135 Altus Demonstration Team Scraps Plans For 2020 Airshow Performances

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The Altus Demonstration Team will not be performing at any airshows this season. The disappointing news was announced on the team’s social media accounts yesterday, in a post that cited ongoing mission requirements as the reason behind the decision. This unique US Air Force team combines a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III and KC-135 Stratotanker into… Read more

Video: Fat Albert Will Rejoin The Blue Angels This Year

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Just a day after teasing the return of Fat Albert, the Blue Angels have posted a new sneak peak video of the new “Bert” and her new paint scheme. The post accompanying the video says that this C-130J Hercules will be joining the team this year, following testing and then training flights for her Marine… Read more

Blue Angels Tease Return Of Fat Albert, New Paint Scheme!

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The US Navy Blue Angels just posted an image to their social media which teases the return of the team’s C-130 Hercules known as Fat Albert, or Bert. The image shows video clips of the new airframe being edited with the caption “Something big is coming…” and close examination of the video thumbnails reveals some… Read more

US Army Golden Knights Retire C-31 Jump Plane After 34 Years Of Service; Aircraft Sold To European Collection

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It’s the end of an era for the US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team and airshow spectators across the country; following 34 years of service, the team’s last C-31 Troopship has flown her final jump run with the team! Bearing the name “Excalibur” but more commonly known as “Golden Knight 608” after her tail number,… Read more

D-Day Squadron To Kick Off Epic Journey With Statue Of Liberty Flyover

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Members of the D-Day Squadron, a group of US-based DC-3s and C-47s heading to Europe to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in June, are preparing for some special festivities before their epic transatlantic journey. Eleven of the participating aircraft will be gathering in Oxford, Connecticut this week for a series of events to kick… 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

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

C-97 Stratofreighter “Angel Of Deliverance” Returns To Flight – Watch The Amazing Takeoff!

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The “Angel of Deliverance”, a Boeing C-97G Stratofreighter, returned to flight this week after 15 years of restoration in New York. The aircraft is operated by the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation, which also owns and flies the C-54 “Spirit of Freedom”. The C-97 is a large piston-powered cargo aircraft based on the B-29 Superfortress bomber.… Read more