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Flying with Fat Albert

Flying with Fat Albert

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Another day of practice runs for the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels in in the skies above La Crosse.  But while you've only been able to catch a glimpse of them so far this week, you can get a much more personal experience at the Deke Slayton Airfest this weekend.

Before you see the Blue Angels perform though, you'll see Fat Albert.  Not a person, but a plane. The United States Marine Corps' C-130 aircraft will take off before the Blue Angels perform. It carries personnel and other equipment used by the Blue Angels.
The captain of Fat Albert says its always a fun time to be able to show people what this plane can do. "This is definitely the best job I've ever had. It is a great job, a great opportunity in the Marine Corps.  It's one of many great opportunities in the Marine Corps but its also to come up here in Wisconsin on a day like today.  It's gorgeous, people are out on there boats and they're fishing and hanging out, the weather's awesome, there's not a cloud in the sky and to throw some folks in the airplane and to teach a little bit about what we do in the Marine Corps and the Navy is a great time," says Captain A.J. Harrell.

On Friday, News 19's Amy Du Pont and Dustin Luecke got a chance to take a ride in Fat Albert. Watching the video, you can see it was quite a flight.

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