British Fat Albert

The United States’ Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) plans to buy a surplus Hercules C5 transport aircraft from the UK. The machine is urgently required to replace the US Navy’s C-130T, BuNo 164763, that has long been in use as the support aircraft for the US Navy Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels. The team’s Hercules are traditionally known as Fat Albert.

The Federal Government Contracting website posted a notice on March 28: “Naval Air Systems Command intends to negotiate and award a sole source contract with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence for the procurement of one C-130J under the authority of FAR 6.302- 1 …the Government requires a suitable replacement aircraft, which must be delivered in an expeditious manner, to avoid a gap in logistical support of the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron. The aircraft being procured from the UK MoD has the requisite amount of life and technical capability to support the Blue Angels mission.”