Tim Richards Flying With The Blue Angels

Tim Richards and the Blue Angel Crew
Tim Richards and the Blue Angel Crew
Cleveland Air Show (courtesy of Tim Richards)
This is my plane!  A Cargo plane, C-130, called "Fat Albert".
This is my plane! A Cargo plane, C-130, called "Fat Albert".
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As we are waiting to fly, I started to take pics of the other planes
As we are waiting to fly, I started to take pics of the other planes
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More planes...
More planes...
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More planes...
More planes...
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Our group heads over to the plane for a briefing about what to expect during the flight.
Our group heads over to the plane for a briefing about what to expect during the flight.
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Timmay + "Fat Albert"
Timmay + "Fat Albert"
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Another pic of "Fat Albert"
Another pic of "Fat Albert"
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"Fat Albert"
"Fat Albert"
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"Fat Albert"
"Fat Albert"
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The Blue Angels shake hands before briefing each other, and us, about the flight
The Blue Angels shake hands before briefing each other, and us, about the flight
We're being told what NOT to do during the flight..
We're being told what NOT to do during the flight..
We are now inside of the "Fat Albert" cargo plane, and this is the first word I noticed!
We are now inside of the "Fat Albert" cargo plane, and this is the first word I noticed!
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The ceiling area of the cockpit of the "Fat Albert" plane
The ceiling area of the cockpit of the "Fat Albert" plane
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The cockpit area.  I didn't touch anything...promise.
The cockpit area. I didn't touch anything...promise.
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The left side of the cockpit area
The left side of the cockpit area
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The back side of the cockpit area which included a bunk bed.
The back side of the cockpit area which included a bunk bed.
Looking into the cargo area of the plane from the rear
Looking into the cargo area of the plane from the rear
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Inside of the cargo area.  This plane is so large that tanks can entre the cargo area.
Inside of the cargo area. This plane is so large that tanks can entre the cargo area.
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One of the Blue Angels prepping us for flight
One of the Blue Angels prepping us for flight
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CBS engineer, Ray Urich.  I told him I'd put him on my blog.
CBS engineer, Ray Urich. I told him I'd put him on my blog.
A look from inside of the plane towards the rear of the plane.
A look from inside of the plane towards the rear of the plane.
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All of us in the cargo area
All of us in the cargo area
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We are now seated inside of the plane in our designated seats.  The Blue Angels prepare for take off.
We are now seated inside of the plane in our designated seats. The Blue Angels prepare for take off.
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Some of the other media members that flew.  This gives you an idea of what our seats looked like in the "Fat Albert"
Some of the other media members that flew. This gives you an idea of what our seats looked like in the "Fat Albert"
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I took a picture of the guy next to me.
I took a picture of the guy next to me.
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A Blue Angel giving us last second details
A Blue Angel giving us last second details
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A look into the cargo area from my seat.  Those rollers are to attach tanks or any other large objects
A look into the cargo area from my seat. Those rollers are to attach tanks or any other large objects
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We're movin' down the runway.  I thought this was a cool shot.
We're movin' down the runway. I thought this was a cool shot.
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The cargo door is now closed, and we are ready to take off!
The cargo door is now closed, and we are ready to take off!
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Would I need this bag?!  I'll post some video later today that answers that question.
Would I need this bag?! I'll post some video later today that answers that question.
Cleveland Air Show (courtesy of Tim Richards)
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