Bird Strike! Blue Angels' Fat Albert replaced

  • Jul 22, 2014 8:04am GMT

It seems Fat Albert Airlines may not be flying for a little while. Those who wanted to fly on Fat Albert this airshow season are going to have to wait.

The Blue Angels, have temporarily replaced their C-130, affectionately known as “Fat Albert” with another of the huge transport planes.

The substitute aircraft, nicknamed “Ernie,” is on loan from another Navy unit. It will be a replacement transport aircraft for the team, but will not be performing any flight demonstrations while with the Blue Angels.

Fat Albert has been out of operation since June due to maintenance issues caused by a bird strike. Since the bird strike, the Blue Angels have relied on utilizing the replacement C-130 to move equipment and personnel to air shows. For full story go to Pensacola News Journal. Photo credit to Gannett File Photo.