The U.S. Navy has made a deal to buy a C-130J Super Hercules from a company in the United Kingdom and turn it into a new Fat Albert for the Blue Angels
The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence has agreed to sell the aircraft for $29.7 million dollars.
According to the Navy, the deal will save U.S. taxpayers $50 million over the cost of a new plane.
Fat Albert is the Navy’s Blues Angels support plane and usually kicks off a Blue Angels air show.
The last Fat Albert, a C-130T Hercules, was retired in 2019 and is now a ground-based training platform in Texas.