NASA Super Guppy operated by Aero Spacelines—NASA image
Just for fun 🙂
Super sized guppy in a mural in the Wynwood District of Miami FL (note the CCTV for scale)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft
Have a good friend who is PIC in one of Boeing’ Dream/Lifters….Said its “as easy to fly as a Piper Cub”
Modern wonders with modern technology 🙂
Back when I lived in the St. Louis suburbs, I drove past the McDonnell plant almost every day. Often saw the original Guppy on the ramp where they were building components for the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. Recall seeing them load one of the original Gemini space capsules into the thing.
Sometime shortly after I had seen it on the ramp, there was a news story about the entire front caving in while in flight. Glad I was not one of the flight crew because you don’t even want to think about what that did to the handling characteristics of the plane. It landed safely, but UGLY! No doubt the flight crew needed a change of underwear. One can safely assume they made the front bulge a lot stronger.
I think I read the same story and I think you have the gist of it correct as well.
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