|Role||Outsize cargo aircraft|
|Manufacturer||Aero Spacelines / Airbus|
|First flight||August 31, 1965|
|Status||Active, operated by NASA|
|Primary users||Aero Spacelines|
NASA, Airbus, Aeromaritime
|Number built||1 SG, 4 SGT|
|Developed from||C-97J Turbo Stratocruiser |
Pregnant Guppy (fourth SGT built with cannibalized pieces from PG)
The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy is a large, wide-bodied cargo aircraft that is used for hauling outsize cargo components. It was the successor to the Pregnant Guppy, the first of the Guppy aircraft produced by Aero Spacelines. Five were built in two variants, both of which were colloquially referred to as the “Super Guppy”.
The Super Guppy is “the only airplane in the world capable of carrying a complete S-IVB stage”, the third stage of the Saturn V rocket. The Super Guppy performed this role several times during the Apollo program.
The first, the Super Guppy, or “SG”, was built directly from the fuselage of a C-97J Turbo Stratocruiser, the military version of the 1950s Boeing 377 Stratocruiser passenger plane. The fuselage was lengthened to 141 feet (43 m), and ballooned out to a maximum inside diameter of 25 ft (7.6 m), the length of the cargo compartment being 94 ft 6 in (28.8 m). The floor of the cargo compartment was still only 8 ft 9 in (2.7 m) wide, as necessitated by the use of the Stratocruiser fuselage
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In the early 1970s, the two Super Guppy Turbines were used by Airbus to transport airplane parts from decentralized production facilities to the final assembly plant in Toulouse. In 1982 and 1983, two additional Super Guppy Turbines were built by Union de Transports Aériens Industries in France after Airbus bought the right to produce the aircraft. The four Super Guppies have since been replaced by the Airbus Beluga, capable of carrying twice as much cargo by weight.
Length: 143 ft 10 in (43.84 m)
Wingspan: 156 ft 3 in (47.63 m)
Height: 48 ft 6 in (14.78 m)
Cargo bay dimensions: 111 ft × 25 ft × 25 ft (33.83 m × 7.62 m × 7.62 m)
Empty weight: 101,500 lb (46,040 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 170,000 lb (77,111 kg)
Super Guppy Turbine N941NA (formerly F-GEAI), serial number 0004, is still in service with NASA as a transport aircraft and is based at the El Paso Forward Operating Location at the El Paso International Airport, in El Paso, Texas, US. It is the last operational Boeing 377 Stratocruiser in the world