CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP)– It was a seemingly typical takeoff, until a sudden maneuver into 0 -g’s leaving anything and anyone weightless as if floating in outer space.
Then quickly into 2- G’s, forcing your body into what feels like double your weight.
A ride in the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels’ C-130, nicknamed Fat Albert, is one that can only be described as an 8 and a half minute roller coaster ride of a lifetime.
It’s hard to image with the size of the C-130 that we were able to do the kind of maneuvers that we experienced. The aircraft is about the size of a Boeing 737 used also as a utility aircraft to transport the blue angels team and well as equipment.
It’s most exhilarating moment saved until the very end. The final descent was a sudden dip to a 25 degree angle. The maneuver is used as a tactical approach to get over hurdles like mountains or armed enemies.
I felt honored to sit behind some of the most skilled, pilots in the world.
Major Mark Hamilton, having served in both Iraq and Afghanistan paid tribute to the members of the 439th Air wing, for their continued service following the flight.
“Well our job as well is to thank those service men and women that we meet all along our way and so part of the way we thank them is to give them a ride in Fat Albert,” Major Hamilton said.
It was extra special ride I will hold with me for many years to come. To me, it was a tribute to my late father, who once served among the men and women at Westover Air Reserve base, and whose favorite plane was the C-130.