This shirt is so soft you will wear it on an all-day airshow.
- Short-Sleeve Lightweight T-Shirt
- 65% Polyester / 35% Ring-Spun Cotton
- Fabric weight: 4.5 oz (153 g/m2)
- Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
- Double-stitched sleeves and bottom hem
So, you’ve got fighter jets, an aircraft that can still fly after being shot down, and a plane fitted with a machine gun. But do you know what you can add to make it more bad*ss? Rockets.
And that’s how the C-130 Hercules became famous. Originally designed as a cargo plane, it is now used as a rescue mission aircraft by the United States Air Force. The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft.
In the 1980s, the United States Military strapped rocket engines on to the plane. Doing so made the take-off and landing time of the aircraft short. It also means there’s no need for a long runaway to get the plane on and off the ground. With Jet Assisted Take-Off (JATO), the Herk was able to reduce the needed runway from 1,500 feet to 800 feet. This made it ideal for the Herk to go on missions that have subpar airport runway systems.
In the midst of the 1980 Iran hostage crisis, the US Military launched Operation Credible Sport. The plan was to rescue hostages by landing the Herk on the Amjadien stadium, which was not more than 500 feet. To solve this, the C-130 with JATO was born.
Despite engineers and innovators working hard on the C-130 JATO, Operation Credible Sport was scrapped when former President Jimmy Carter was replaced by former President Ronald Reagan. The engineers continued to work on C-130 with JATO under Credible Sport II.
Ultimately, the C-130 with JATO retired to become part of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, a flight demonstration squadron. It was renamed “Fat Albert,” and has been a hit during air shows.
Can’t imagine the bad*assery that the Herk with JATO has? Well, take a look at this video that shows how bad*ss the C-130 is. If you can't get enough here's a video of C-130 with JATO in action and a video of Fat Albert's take-off.
Launched on: March 12, 2020