Fat Albert

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SPLAT
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Fat Albert

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I have just read the AFM article on the C-5 Galaxy and it states that it as been known as Fat Albert.
I always thought this related to the C-130 Herc.

Can any older member shed any light on this ?

Thanks

Splat

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Russ
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Never heard anything other than the Hercules being referred to as Fat Albert. A bad error from AFM perhaps?

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Sure, the first C-5s were nicknamed Fat Albert, possibly even before Hercs...
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Believe it's also known as FRED - Flipping Ridiculous Environmental Disaster (or something like that!)

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A-7 SLUF Short, Little, Ugly fella

B-52 BUFF Big, Ugly, * fella
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737-100....FLUFF fat little ugly flying f....
I know you think you understood what I said, but I'm not sure you realise that what I said is not what I meant.

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As a spotter, 1969-1982, I am not sure of the relevance of the last two posts but always understood that "Buff" was simply a contraction of bfiftytwo and not an acronym for anything rude or otherwise.

In all that time, C-130's were "Herky-bird" and C-5's were known as "Fat Albert" to the press and public but not so much to the spotter, who probably preferred "Galaxy".

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iainpeden wrote:A-7 SLUF Short, Little, Ugly fella

B-52 BUFF Big, Ugly, * fella

I thought the B52 was either Big Ugly Fat * or Big Ugly Fat Fella?

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[quote="sdad"]As a spotter, 1969-1982, I am not sure of the relevance of the last two posts but always understood that "Buff" was simply a contraction of bfiftytwo and not an acronym for anything rude or otherwise.

I'm surprised being a spotter for so long you never came across BUFF and SLUFF's rude meanings.

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C-5 has always been known as Fat Albert, the only Hercules I have known to be called Fat Albert is the Blue Angels Hercules! Herky Bird is the common nickname for the C-130's.

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