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    Katy MacDonald, a public affairs officer with the Blue Angels, makes her way to "Fat Albert," an 80,000-pound C-130T that is part of the Blue Angels crew.

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    Josh Samuels of the Marine Corps and Mark Lombardi of the Navy, center and right, stand at attention Friday in Brunswick as they are briefed by Marine Capt. Katie Higgins before a flight aboard "Fat Albert."

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    The giant propellers of "Fat Albert" are seen against the deep blue sky Friday, the day before the Great State of Maine Air Show begins in Brunswick.

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    Blue Angels support crew members look out from the open cargo door as "Fat Albert" taxis for takeoff Friday at the Brunswick Executive Airport.

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    A member of the Blue Angels support crew walks toward "Fat Albert," a C-130T that carries all the gear needed for the crew. "It’s packed to the gills with equipment and crew,” said Herb Gillen, the air show’s promoter.

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    Josh Samuels, a support crew member for the Blue Angels, goes through pre-flight checks aboard "Fat Albert." The plane spends as many as 400 hours in the air each year.

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    Blue Angels do some aerial tricks over the Brunswick Executive Airport on Friday, practicing a routine for this weekend's Great State of Maine Air Show.

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    Josh Samuels, a Marine who is a flight engineer with the Blue Angels, closes the door to "Fat Albert" after media day activities Friday at the Brunswick Executive Airport.

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