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Blue Angels take WDRB up on the C-130 Fat Albert

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- All eyes will soon be on the sky for the Thunder Over Louisville air show.

Some of the most anticipated flights will be the air show from the Blue Angels.

We tagged along as the flight crew with the C-130 Fat Albert practiced on Friday.

"It's the second oldest military aircraft in production. It's about the size of a 737," says Major Michael Van Wyk, a pilot with the Blue Angels.

After the media was briefed, we were ready to go.

We got a look inside the Blue Angels' cargo plane before it was time to take off.

Within minutes of being on the plane, we hit zero gravity for about 6 seconds, sending the flight crew into the air.

We also circled downtown Louisville and got a good look at the city from above.

Many of the crew members have their own favorite part to the flight and some say it's the landing.

"We actually push the control yoke all the way into the dashboard and it goes 25 degrees nose-down towards the ground, which most approaches with an airline is three degrees, so we do eight times that so it's very dramatic when you're up front. You see nothing but ground, nothing but runway, but a lot of people really enjoy that part. It's one of the most dramatic parts we do," says Major Van Wyk.

While many people are looking forward to seeing the C-130 Fat Albert during the air show this weekend, those participating say they're just as excited.

"It's great to be here in Louisville. Thunder is going to be a great time. I'm just looking forward to seeing everybody and meeting some local people like you guys and showing them what the Navy and Marine Corp are all about," says Eric Vandamme, an Aviation Structural Mechanic for the Blue Angels.

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