Usmc ct fat albert performing a rocket assisted takeoff rato during the gulf war of 1991 operation desert storm, the c hercules was used operationally by the u. From what i hear the government has run out of the chemical. Imagine how scaryconfusing it would be if you were there watching that but didnt know what a jet assisted take off was and didnt hear the announcement. Well, the blue angels strapped eight such rocketseach producing 1,000 pounds of thrustonto the back of fat albert and set them alight, blasting the 75,800 pound aircraft down a runway and into the air at a 45 degree climb, subjecting its 8person crew to 2 gs of force. Spectacular rocket assisted takeoff airline ratings. Blue angels fat albert crazy gutwrenching take off watch. The c hercules was an ideal choice for the demanding logistical duties the blue angels would need out of their support. Fat albert has served the blue angels honorably the past 17 years, flown more than 30,000 hours in support of our mission, and represented the united states marine corps to millions of fans. Fat albert c used to blast off on rocket assisted takeoffs.
Its fat albert of the blue angels and it was filmed during one of the very last miramar air. This is apparently the last rocket assisted takeoff of fat albert, the blue angels c back in 2009. Up until now i wasnt aware they stopped doing this at airshows. Hercules fat albert 2 by paul baker rocket assisted liftoff for fat albert. Well, the blue angels strapped eight such rocketseach producing 1,000 pounds of thrustonto the back of fat albert and set them alight, blasting the 75,800 pound aircraft down a runway and into the air at a. It is my understanding they have already stopped, as of last airshow season.
On june 24, 2019 navair naval air systems command announced that the acquisition of a new fat albert, the blue angels logistics cargo plane. I saw fat albert take off with it at an airshow at moffett field. Luscombe driver hits tree while landing probable cause. Fat albert is the name given to a twentyfouryearold hercules aircraft.
Fat albert rocket assisted take off rato c fat albert jet assisted take off. Ive seen fat albert do the jato take off numerous times, most if not all of them being at jacksonville nas. During the 2006 miramar air show, the blue angels team wowed the crowd with 3 performances and a night showing of fat albert s jet assisted takeoff jato abilities u. Before the low transition and steep climb was introduced as the primary opening maneuver for fat albert s demonstration, a jet assisted takeoff jato, also known as rato for rocket departure was performed. The ct was specially equipped with 8 jato rocket cylinders. A most impressive jet assisted take off jato takeoff at miramar nas air show, on august 16, 1997 even more impressive when on big planes like this c. Great pic of fat albert, the blue angels support plane. From 1975 until 2009, fat albert used to fly a rocketassisted takeoff prior to the departure of the main blue angels show. Jato takeoff compilation jet assisted take off compilation take offs compilation duration. Ive had the pleasure of seeing the blue angels perform at a couple different. Here is a rocket assisted takeoff and landing of a c from operation credible sport.
The ercoupe owners club has the complete filmed documentation on the rocket assisted ercoupe tests. This spectacular rocket assisted takeoff involves a lockheed c transport used as a support for the us navy blue angeles. One of the main highlights that made fat albert famous was the jetassisted takeoff performed during air shows until 2009, when the last jato bottle stocks ran out. Jato acronym for jetassisted takeoff, is a type of assisted takeoff for helping overloaded aircraft into the air by providing additional thrust in the form of small rockets. Uflytv shorts blue angels fatalbert jato take off youtube. Fat albert, the support aircraft for the us navy blue angels flight demonstration team. Man my two friends got to do a ride along on fat albert. What is this plane and what are the rockets on the back. A couple of the c guys would sit in the tower with us while. Its stol capabilities are inherited from the operation credible sport during the iran hostage crisis. Are jatorato takeoffs as seen on the blue angels c. The term jato is used interchangeably with the more specific term rato, for rocketassisted takeoff or, in raf parlance, ratog, for rocketassisted takeoff. Although fat albert no longer shows off its jato capabilities, assisted takeoffs can still be used. Extremely short take off lockheed c5 galaxy americas.
Lockheed c hercules fat albert conducting a rocket assisted take off. For many years the aircraft has also flown a routine of its own as part of the overall display, including a demonstration of a rocket assisted takeoff. Blue angels fat albert doing a rocket assisted take off. The hercules is a troop transporter, and fat albert. Extremely short take off lockheed c5 galaxy americas biggest plane duration. Hercules fat albert blue angels using jet assisted take off jato rockets at night. I remember reading that one version of the trislander had a provision for rato rocket assisted takeoff in the event of an engine failure during takeoff. It has rocket jet actually assisted takeoff and here. The hercules is a troop transporter, and fat albert performs an important usmc lockheed hercules fat albert support aircraft conducting a rocket assisted take off blue angels hercules fat albert with jato jet assisted. Each rocket was comprised of solid fuel and added about 1,000 lbs of thrust to the c. Watch these cs make nextlevel jetassisted takeoffs. Fat albert is the name given to a twentyfouryearold c hercules aircraft. Jato systems actually use a rocket or several rockets. Why navy combat planes used these risky rockets to take off.
Jet assisted takeoff off of blue angels c aviation. This current airframe, buno 164763, has been with the team since 2002, and was the last c to conduct a jet assisted. The blue angels used to travel aboard a rocket powered. See the blue angels hercules c fat albert takingoff at 45 angle nouse up. First of all, the jetassisted part of jato is actually a misnomer. The pilots exceedance of the airplanes critical angle of attack during takeoff, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall. This was a favorite for spectators, especially during evening shows, as it was a fireworks display unto itself.
See more ideas about c hercules, hercules and fighter jets. Lockheed ct hercules fat albert, demonstrating its rato rocket assisted take off capabilities. The term jato is used interchangeably with the more specific term rato, for rocket assisted takeoff or, in raf parlance, ratog, for rocket assisted. The fat albert aircarft started its iconic role in 1970. The recently retired ct will be replaced by a surplus cj from the uk. First fighter aircraft i ever refueled in the usaf was the blue angels.1591 1206 806 949 629 675 1157 1499 88 1090 1039 1165 713 1534 358 1086 1163 100 448 133 930 284 721 16 364 1436 956 631 281 1189 1496 828 447 11 531 1365 127 433 347 555