What was hot—and what was not—at the 2009 National Championship Air Races.
- By Linda Shiner
- AirSpaceMag.com, September 28, 2009
Between the races, the performers claim show center. This year, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels appeared with their Lockheed C-130 Fat Albert. Look at the violet flame shooting from the exhaust nozzle of Fat Albert’s Jet Assisted Take-off rockets. (Despite the term JATO, rockets, not jets, supply the extra lift on take-off.) Airshow audiences will see that flame only through the 2009 season; the Navy has only enough JATO canisters left for the shows scheduled this year. Stay tuned for what Navy technicians will devise to get Fat Albert off the ground in a hurry next year.