The C-130 Hercules is a medium/long-range combat transport aircraft. A spawn of the US Air Force in 1951, the C-130 still remains ones of the most widely used transport aircraft by the Armed Forces to date. Nearly forty C-130s were produced yearly throughout the entire 1990s. When empty the aircraft weights 75,743 pounds however, the Hercules can carry nearly 100,000 pounds for maximum take-off weight of 175,000 pounds. 'Fat Albert' transports the 'Blue Angels' equipment and personnel to all show sites. This special show aircraft also features Jet Assisted Take-Off (J.A.T.O) by which eight solid rocket boosters are attached to the sides of the C-130 (four on each side) to allow for quicker take-off and elevation.
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