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Massive ‘Fat Albert’ Jet Adds Heft to Blue Angels Air Show

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Some of the world’s best pilots took to the skies at Willow Run Airport this weekend for the annual Thunder Over Michigan air show.

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Those best-of-the-best included the legendary Blue Angels stunt-flying fighter jet squadron and its tactical support aircraft, the huge propeller-and-jet powered C-130 Hercules plane known by the nickname “Fat Albert.”

Designed to drop troops and supplies in tight spaces, even Fat Albert put on a show with the Blue Angels.

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And it featured a bit of history.

One of Fat Albert’s pilots, Capt. Katie Higgins, is the first female pilot to fly with the famed squadron.

She talked about it with WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter.

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Image credit: Dawn Uhl-Zifilippo/WDET

About the Author

Quinn Klinefelter

Senior News Editor

I grab news in the morning, check the papers and the wires, call sources and take a big gulp of coffee. That’s how I start the day.  

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