Contract Signed: C-130J Headed to Blue Angels


At the Royal International Air Tattoo last week, Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group hosted the official signing of a contract between the US and UK for a C-130J aircraft that will soon become the replacement to the iconic Fat Albert for the United States Navy Blue Angels.

The contract was signed in the Marshall chalet at the Royal International Air Tattoo by Air Vice Marshal David Cooper, RAF Officer Commanding Number 2 Group, and Major General Gregory L. Masiello, Program Executive Officer for Air, ASW, Assault & Special Mission Programs, in the presence of representatives from the UK and US Governments and Marshall Aerospace.

Marshall Aerospace will carry out the maintenance, painting and modifications to the US Navy’s replacement Fat Albert. The aircraft is a C-130J that the US Navy has purchased from the UK Ministry of Defence to replace the C-130T that the squadron used for 17 years until retiring it from service in May of this year.

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group CEO, Alistair McPhee, said:

“We are extremely proud to host this momentous signing ceremony at RIAT, the world’s greatest air show, in the presence of so many leading representatives from our two nations.

“Fat Albert was an iconic aircraft and our teams are looking forward to getting its new replacement into service early next year. It will be great to see this eye-catching aircraft on show around the world in the future!”

Major General Masiello, said:

“We are very much looking forward to taking delivery of the aircraft and are very grateful to both the UK MoD and Marshall for enabling this transaction and know that the C-130J Hercules will be a valuable addition to the Blue Angels.”

Air Vice Marshal Cooper, said:

“This is a superb indication of the co-operation between the militaries of the United Kingdom and the United States. We know that this C-130J Hercules will serve the United States Navy as well as it has served the Royal Air Force.”

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