Blue Angels retire current Fat Albert C-130

May 23, 2019
Blue Angels retire Fat Albert C-130T

The current Fat Albert aircraft has been with the Blue Angels for 17 years and has flown more than 30,000 hours. The aircraft was responsible for carrying the team’s ground crew and equipment to each airshow site.

This current C-130T aircraft, BUNO 164763, has been with the team since 2002, and in 2009 was the last C-130 to conduct a jet-assisted take-off (JATO).

In August 2016, Fat Albert went to Tinker AFB in Oklahoma for a re-paint process and maintenance at Hill Air Force Base in Utah.

Fat Albert hasn't been a consistent part of the team's display for nearly two years. The Navy grounded its KC-130T fleet in July 2018 when KC-130T crashed in Mississippi killing 15 Marines.

Last year the US Navy was also considering purchasing a replacement C-130J aircraft from United Kingdom Ministry of Defense to serve as a new Fat Albert.