The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, Blue Angels has retired its popular C-130T Hercules aircraft, nicknamed ‘Fat Albert’.
Blue Angels announced the retirement in a Twitter post. Fat Albert has served the Blue Angels for 17-years and flown more than 30,000 hours in support of their missions, said the statement.
It's a bittersweet day for us as we say our final farewell to our venerable C-130T, Fat Albert. Fat Albert has served the Blue Angels honorably the past 17 years, and represented the United States Marine Corps to millions of fans. pic.twitter.com/uvzodhvrBI
— Blue Angels (@BlueAngels) May 23, 2019
The Blue Angels used the U.S Marine Corps Lockheed C-130T Hercules “Fat Albert” for their logistics, carrying spare parts, equipment, and to carry support personnel between shows.
Beginning in 1975, “Bert” was used for Jet Assisted Take Off (JATO) and short aerial demonstrations just prior to the main event at selected venues, but the JATO demonstration ended in 2009 due to dwindling supplies of rockets.
“Fat Albert Airlines” was flown with an all-Marine crew of three officers and five enlisted personnel.