I had a great opportunity to go out to Ellington Field (EFD) yesterday and photograph NASA 941 – the Super-Guppy. The Guppy is currently being used to transport a portion of the Space Shuttle (plywood) mockup to the Seattle Museum of Flight. The Space Shuttle Crew Compartment “segment” was loaded last week and the Guppy crew wanted to perform a quick test flight before departing for Seattle tomorrow.
They took off from EFD-35L, made a right turn, flew to Galveston, and then returned to EFD – about 30 minutes total flight time. The only issue encountered was a (small) bird strike up on the “forehead” of the Guppy – the crew reported hearing a “thump,” and we could see the smudge when she taxied back to the NASA ramp.
So "heads up" to any POTN-Seattle members, the Super Guppy is headed your way, and according to the Museum of Flight website, the delivery is open to the public!