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(Caroline Sheen)

Reno Wrap-up

What was hot—and what was not—at the 2009 National Championship Air Races.

Fat Albert

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.
(Caroline Sheen)

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.

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