Consisting of eight crew members and one C-130, Fat Albert Airlines is critical to the overall mission of the team. The C-130 joined the team in 1970 as the support aircraft. 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. Major Mark Montgomery will be at the controls of Fat Albert.
DID YOU KNOW?
- There were 4 other types of support aircraft prior to the C-130 Hercules. They were the R4D Sky Train, R5C Commando, R5D Skymaster, and the C-121 Super Constellation.
- Fat Albert used to perform with eight Jet-Assisted Take-Off (JATO) rocket bottles, producing 1,000 pounds of thrust each. They helped propel Fat Albert on short runways and gain high altitude in a short period of time. 2009 was the last show season for the use of JATO rocket bottles as the manufacturer stopped producing them.
- Fat Albert was named after the children’s cartoon because of its size and shape.
- Fat Albert flies more than 100,000 miles every show season!
FAT ALBERT FAST FACTS:
Engines: Four Rolls-Royce turbo-prop engines with more than 18,000 pounds of thrust each
Wingspan: 132 feet, 7 inches
Length: 99 feet, 5 inches
Height: 38 feet, 4 inches
Speed: 370 miles per hour at 35,000 feet
Range: 2,400 miles
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 155,000 pounds
Maximum Cargo Capability: 45,000 pounds
Crew: Eight: three pilots, two flight engineers, a navigator, a flight mechanic, and a loadmaster
Unit Cost: $44.1 million