The Super Guppy, the Beast of Air Transport

The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy is a large, wide-bodied cargo plane used to transport oversized cargo. Only five Super Guppy planes were ever built with the last currently being utilized by NASA.

Four Super Guppies have since been replaced by the Airbus Beluga, capable of carrying twice as much cargo—by weight, though not nearly as much as a C-5 Galaxy or an Antonov-124 (47 tons as compared to 122.5 and 150 tons, respectively)

General Performance of the Super Guppy.

Crew: Four
Length: 143 ft 10 in (43.84 m)
Wingspan: 156 ft 3 in (47.625 m)
Height: 46 ft 5 in (14.148 m)
Empty weight: 101,500 lb (46,039 kg)
Useful load: 54,500 lb (24,720 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 170,000 lb (77,110 kg)
Cargo bay dimensions: 111 ft × 25 ft × 25 ft (33.8 m × 7.62 m × 7.62 m)
Cruise speed: 252 mph (288 mph, 467 km/h)
Range: 1,734 nm (1,986 mi, 3,219 km)


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