Super Guppy

Roamy here.  NASA has to ship some pretty large components, so when barge or rail is not feasible or cost effective, they fly in the Super Guppy.

It’s officially called a 377 SG, modified from the Boeing 377, still using the cockpit, wings, tail, and main landing gear but borrowing a nose gear from the Boeing 707 and adding turboprop engines.  When I saw it, it was being used to ferry parts for the International Space Station.  It can haul up to 52,500 lbs.

The cargo bay is 111 x 25 x 25 feet.

 One of these has been retired to the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson.

The builder, Jack Conroy of Aero Spacelines and Werner von Braun in front of a Super Guppy under construction. The fuselage was built from scratch rather than modified like the Pregnant Guppy, creating more cargo space.

I asked one of the Super Guppy pilots how do you train for flying something that big, that one-of-a-kind.  He said there is no simulator, you just get on-the-job training with an experienced pilot.  He also said that previous experience flying large cargo planes helped, but that there is nothing else like it.  I bet.

1 thought on “Super Guppy”

  1. I remember seeing a pregnant Guppy on a flight line once, although I can’t remember where now (Am I getting old or something? I’ll hafta ask VX since he’s the authority on these things). It was built on the Old C-97 as I recall and used the original radial Engines. I’ve never seen anything except pics of the Super Guppy.

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