Fleet Week came to San Francisco last week, including the always popular visit from the Blue Angels. The Navy Public Affairs office worked with the Cisco Social Media team to recruit some volunteers to participate in the airshow and get a ride during the demonstration flight of the Blue Angel’s C-130 “Fat Albert” support plane.
Now, normally Cisco folks get enough of airplanes during the week, but your humble and intrepid data center reporter just happened to be free and offered to report on his experience. I was joined by fellow Cisco blogger, Gordon Feller, Director of the Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) Public Sector Practice Urban Innovations team, his wife Mary McNamara, a journalist and television critic for Multichannel News, who provided live tweets during the flight, and a group of other Bay Area journalists, photographers and media personnel.
The Marine Corps’ “Fat Albert” Airlines accompanies the Blue Angel team to each of their demonstration locations and carries all of the support and maintenance crew needed for the week. It is the only Marine Corps aircraft permanently assigned to support a Navy squadron. It is flown by a crew of three pilots and five enlisted personnel. Fat Albert flies more than 140,000 miles during the course of a show season, carrying 25,000 pounds of cargo and 45,000 pounds of fuel. The C-130 cruises at about 340 knots (approximately 370 miles per hour) at the low altitudes we flew over the Bay. Read More »