Oddball Aircraft

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by drueter, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. drueter


    Apr 24, 2005
    Southeast Texas
    I know this NASA plane has some function like hauling rocket engines, but I think it's one of the strangest looking airplanes I've ever seen. It was just parked at the airshow, but I still can't imagine this thing actually flying!


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  2. fks


    Apr 30, 2005
    sf bay area
    hi don-

    neat photos, it looks like a plane with a bad case of megaloencephaly :) if memory serves me, that's a guppy i think.

    what lens did you use to take the photo?

  3. drueter


    Apr 24, 2005
    Southeast Texas
    Hi, Ricky -

    Yes, I also think it's called the guppy. Here's the exif info on the shots:

    D2H, using the Nikon 12-24 lens

    First shot - 1/200s f/11.0 at 12.0mm iso200
    Second shot - 1/320s f/11.0 at 12.0mm iso200
  4. PGB


    Jan 25, 2005
    I think this is the superguppy. The super has turbo prop engines and a 25ft diameter fusalage.

    It was always a fascinating aircraft growning up. Now Airbus has a turbo fan version that they use to shuttle the parts for the new Airbus 380 across Europe. Its a monster too.

    Excellent shots Don,
  5. Hi Patrick,

    I also think this is the super guppy. I worked at Cape Canaveral in the late 1960's and it would sometimes land at Patrick AFB where my office was.

    I believe the original guppy was built on the C-97 airframe. Was the super guppy also built on it with turboprop engines added, or was it some other airframe, like the P-3 Orion (Electra)? It looks like there may be some remnants of the C-97 double-cylinder look, but not sure.

  6. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Never have seen this ..

    Great shots...
  7. Rob


    Jul 28, 2005
    Truro, Cornwall, UK
    The Guppy is used to transport wings for Airbus Industries from Hawarden, Chester UK to Toulouse, France.
    She's a great sight and I think the inspiration for the A380, the new double-decker which is undergoing flight trials at present.


    The real super guppy

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