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Is that real?
Yep, they used to use this bad boy to transport parts. It’s actually (ironically) a modified boeing plane. Not sure if that’s 100% right though.
Skylink powered by Airbus? :)
Check our airliners.net for more on the Super Guppy…
or check wikipedia :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guppy_(disambiguation)
This is the result of designing european airplane production by national intrests.
... and finally they changed the name from guppy to beluga ;-)
My initial thought is a disaster waiting to happen.
Nick: Your initial thought was wrong. Never crashed. No disasters. Makes you rethink your assumptions, eh?
@Anonymous Well there’s no need to be an asshole about it.
The Guppy is now… a Beluga :
Now who wants to bet that you could fit more economy class seats in that thing than in an A380? :)
@ Saverio: I looked it up out of interest, and the original Super Guppies were based on a Boeing 377, but the current one (the ‘Beluga’) is in fact based on an Airbus A300.
And I’m with Nick that at first glance you wonder how the thing can fly, even though we all obviously know that it can.
@John —seats?! Shoot, stack ‘em like cordwood…
Years ago, I worked at NASA in Houston and actually saw one of these bad boys coming in for a landing at Ellington Field. People were pulled off all over the freeway just to gawk. It was awesome to watch.
As far as flying capability though, I’ve never been able to fathom just how the 747 which piggy backs the Shuttle even gets off the ground. Talk about a talented pilot with a steady hand.
Boeing now uses a small fleet of heavily modified 747 aircraft to move parts about for its 787 program.
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