The first official shot of the Blue Angels’ new C-130J support aircraft, Fat Albert, and its socially distanced USMC crew. Not only is it a new ship, it’s also a slightly updated livery. From the BA Facebook:
...you will notice a couple changes to the paint scheme. The flight surfaces now have yellow tips, similar to our F/A-18s, 2 stripes run down the side of the aircraft and the iconic white top has been changed to a tear drop design.
The photo was taken in the UK, likely because the Herk was purchased as surplus from the RAF. Buying used reportedly saved the Navy about $50 million over the cost of a new J, and allowed the Brits to take the depreciation hit. The J model can fly farther than the older T model, and can carry a greater payload. Look for the new Fat Albert at an air show near you.
One of these days.