The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!
Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team
Monday, April 14, 2014
Thunder Over Louisville: Fat Albert Makes Waves over the Riverfront
By Carmelo Turdo
By Leo Cachat
Thunder Over Louisville featured the sixth appearance of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron of 2014. Following an absence of military participation in airshows for much of 2013, airshow fans got a full dose of naval airpower in Louisville last weekend. A popular part of the Blue Angels performance is the appearance of the U.S. Marine Corps C-130T Hercules support aircraft, known as "Fat Albert." Flown by Captain A.J. Harrell, Major Mike Van Wyk, and Captain Dusty Cook, the venerable cargo aircraft made several passes toward the Louisville riverfront. The dirty pass and maximum effort climb over the city were most impressive. The Aero Experience was there to capture the low passes over Louisville, and we bring to you our view of Fat Albert's demonstration: