Blue Angel's Fat Albert, C-130T aircraft is retiring

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Unread post23 May 2019, 12:03

PENSACOLA , Fla. (WEAR-TV) — The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are bidding farewell to their C-130T aircraft.

The Blue Angels announced on Wednesday the aircraft known as Fat Albert is officially retiring.

The Navy says Fat Albert has served the Blue Angels for 17-years and flown more than 30,000 hours in support of their missions.

According to the U.S. Navy the current airframe, BUNO 164763, has been with the team since 2002 and was the last C-130 to conduct a jet-assisted take-off (JATO).

The Navy says their team will be transported via Fleet-provided logistics until a permanent replacement aircraft is identified.

Officials told Channel 3 News Fat Albert "will enjoy her retirement as a ground-based training aid in Fort Worth, Texas."

https://weartv.com/news/local/blue-ange ... s-retiring

to be a ground trainer no less, not a static or sitting in a museum...
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Unread post23 May 2019, 20:05

Wasn't a British J model purchased to replace this a/c?
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Unread post24 May 2019, 12:35

ChippyHo wrote:Wasn't a British J model purchased to replace this a/c?


Yes one was purchased from RAF to assume roles as Fat Albert...going through transformation now.
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Unread post20 Jun 2019, 01:13

The intent to buy from the Brits was announced a while back, Actual purchase was last Thursday, the 13th. https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode ... e&_cview=0
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