The U.S. Navy Blue Angels performance will open with a hard core demonstration by the C-130 Super Hercules “Fat Albert”.
An all-Marine Corps crew of three officers and five enlisted personnel operate the C-130 Super Hercules, affectionately known as Fat Albert Airlines or Bert. In addition to being the opening attraction for the Blue Angels demonstration, Fat Albert’s primary mission is to transport 35,000 pounds of cargo and roughly 60 Blue Angels team members to every show site throughout the country.
In 1949, it became necessary for the Blue Angels to operate a support aircraft to move personnel and equipment between show sites. Through the years the support aircraft has included the Douglas R4D Sky Train, the Curtiss R5C Commando, the Douglas R5D Skymaster, and the Lockheed C-121 Super Constellation. In 1970 the team received the Lockheed Martin C-130 and the nickname “Fat Albert” began. In 2021, the Blues upgraded to the C-130J Super Hercules. For more information click here.