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Super Guppy!

22 March 2017

An Aero Spacelines B-377 Super Guppy sitting on the flightline at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph TX, in March 2017, which is operated by NASA it has cargo space that is 25 feet in diameter and 111 feet long—U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stormy Archer

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NASA’s Super Guppy engine starts—NASA image

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NASA’s Super Guppy with a bit of artistic convergence—NASA image

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The volume, and ability to load outsized cargo, of the fuselage is shown well from this aerial perspective (note the crew entry is from the right)—NASA image

New Orleans, LA - Orion EM-1 departs Michoud Assembly Facility for Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The vessel was loaded onto NASA's Super Guppy cargo aircraft.

The NASA Super Guppy readying for departure for the Kennedy Space Center with the Orion EM-1 capsule—NASA image

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Fog enhances the other-world-like quality of the Super Guppy—NASA image

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The Super Guppy on the taxi way beginning another flight mission for NASA—NASA image

New Orleans, LA - Orion EM-1 departs Michoud Assembly Facility for Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The vessel was loaded onto NASA's Super Guppy cargo aircraft.

The Super Guppy unlatched—NASA image

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The Super Guppy’s cargo deck looking forward from the tail—NASA image

New Orleans, LA - Orion EM-1 departs Michoud Assembly Facility for Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The vessel was loaded onto NASA's Super Guppy cargo aircraft.

The Orion EM-1 laded onto the Super Guppy’s cargo deck—NASA image

New Orleans, LA - Orion EM-1 departs Michoud Assembly Facility for Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The vessel was loaded onto NASA's Super Guppy cargo aircraft.

The Orion EM-1 capsule being placed onto the Super Guppy’s cargo deck—NASA image

The heat shield for Orion EM-1 arrives at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) operated by Space Florida at NASA Kennedy's Space Center.

The Super Guppy at the Kennedy Space Center—NASA image

NASA’s Super Guppy aircraft touches down at the Shuttle Landing Facility at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying the Orion crew module adapter structural test article (STA). The STA will be offloaded and transported to the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building high bay for further testing. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

NASA’s Super Guppy touching down to deliver a portion of the Orion crew capsule to the Kennedy Space Center—NASA/Kim Shiflett image

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  1. 22 March 2017 01:26

    I am not sure if this is the same airplane, but I saw the Super Guppy several times at the St. Louis Lambert Field. It was always parked in front of one of the buildings at McDonnell. That was when they were working on the Gemini program. The Guppy would pick up one of the Gemini capsules for transport to Florida. It was not only the biggest airplane I ever had seen at that time, it was also the ugliest, hands down!

    I also recall the incident where the nose caved in during flight. Air pressure on the front of the cargo hold exceeded it’s structural strength during certification tests.
    http://airpigz.com/blog/2011/1/9/1965-super-guppy-dive-test-goes-bad-not-a-bird-strike.html

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      23 March 2017 07:44

      That was quite a flight! Pioneering, including new aircraft designs, involves risk, doesn’t it?

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