NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — Fat Albert, the Blue Angel’s C-130J Super Hercules, is an air show favorite.
The slow, lumbering, blue and gold transport plane is the workhorse while the sleek, fast, eye-popping F/A 18 Super Hornets gets all the attention.
“Bert’s” main role is to carry the Blue Angels equipment and personnel from performance to performance.
The Fat Albert name came from the 1970’s-1980’s animated cartoon character created and voiced by comedian Bill Cosby. ”Bert” is obese, athletic, and civic-minded beyond his years.
Fat Albert Airlines has a crew of three U.S. Marine pilots and three flight engineers.
Fat Albert pilot and Captain William Huckeba says, “Fat Albert holds 43,000 pounds of fuel and has a normal cruising speed of about 402 mph. The plane carries 38,000 pounds of equipment and 42 passengers to each of the Blue Angels shows a year.”
Admission and parking are free. Gates open at 8:00 a.m. The air show takes off at 10:00 a.m.