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Marine is Part of Elite Blue Angels Team

Pilots Fat Albert C-130 Transport


Last updated 4/7/2019 at 6:23pm

Williamson Photography of Lake Wales

U.S. Navy Blue Angels delight crowd at Sun 'n Fun

Capt. Beau Mabery loves being part of the Blue Angels team. It's the second year for the U.S. Marine captain from California to fly "Fat Albert," the C-130 transport that carries the U.S. Navy aviators and their equipment to about 60 air shows a year.

Mabery said flying into Lakeland Linder Airport for the 45th Annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In and Expo was an interesting experience, "like flying into a hornet's nest of planes all around." Thousands of private pilots fly to Lakeland each year for the world's second largest air show.

"I've heard nothing but amazing things about this show," Mabery s...

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