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Jun 27, 2012 08:02 as a reply to  @ post 14638672 |  #16

Hey Cal,

Wonderful to see a thread from you.
And what a great series of photos!!!

I've also, never seen a nose-wheel "anything".
WOW!

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Jun 27, 2012 08:42 |  #17

RyanM wrote in post #14638661 (external link)
Very cool. Looks to be a modified C130?

It is actually a heavily modified Boeing C-97 (or KC-97, can't remember which).


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Jun 27, 2012 09:53 |  #18

Very cool. I had no clue such a plane existed. Its crazy that this thing can overcome drag. Wonder what its max airspeed is? Neato




  
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Jun 27, 2012 10:16 |  #19

LA Smith wrote in post #14638818 (external link)
It is actually a heavily modified Boeing C-97 (or KC-97, can't remember which).

That is correct, a heavily modified C-97. There have been a number of Guppies over the years. This website is a great source of historical information: http://www.allaboutgup​pys.com/ (external link)

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Very cool. I had no clue such a plane existed. Its crazy that this thing can overcome drag. Wonder what its max airspeed is? Neato

According to the performance chart, the Guppy's cruise speed at 25,000 feet is 290 MPH (unloaded). The "All About Guppies" website shows 265 MPH with 40,000Lbs of cargo.

Yes, it's an unusual airplane, but it serves a very valuable purpose in transporting "oversize" cargo. We've been keeping her pretty busy this year at NASA.


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Jun 27, 2012 10:28 as a reply to  @ Go4EVA!'s post |  #20

....and here she is during pre-flight, and at take-off, this morning -- departing for Seattle (with multiple stops along the way). Wheels up at 0705 from Ellington Field.

You can track her progress, including altitude and airspeed, on FlightAware: http://flightaware.com​/live/flight/NASA941 (external link)


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Jun 27, 2012 10:32 as a reply to  @ Go4EVA!'s post |  #21

Sorry, one more -- how's this for a contrast in aerodynamic studies? NASA 992 Gulfstream vs. NASA 941 Super Guppy :D


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Jun 27, 2012 12:09 |  #22

PhotosGuy wrote in post #14637269 (external link)
Interesting find! That thing is just wrong! :D

:lol: Yeah I dont think it wins any beauty awards.


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Jun 27, 2012 12:12 |  #23

Go4EVA! wrote in post #14639316 (external link)
Sorry, one more -- how's this for a contrast in aerodynamic studies? NASA 992 Gulfstream vs. NASA 941 Super Guppy :D

Hmmm I would take the Guppie, Only because I could play basketball on my flight to where ever I am going :lol:


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Jun 27, 2012 12:46 as a reply to  @ Go4EVA!'s post |  #24

According to the performance chart, the Guppy's cruise speed at 25,000 feet is 290 MPH (unloaded). The "All About Guppies" website shows 265 MPH with 40,000Lbs of cargo.

Yes, it's an unusual airplane, but it serves a very valuable purpose in transporting "oversize" cargo. We've been keeping her pretty busy this year at NASA.[/QUOTE]

Interesting! Pretty cool use of engineering. Reminds me of a gas airship mated with a plane. Will the X37-B fit in there? or maybe some other secret aircraft fuselage? ???




  
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Jun 27, 2012 12:51 |  #25

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Interesting! Pretty cool use of engineering. Reminds me of a gas airship mated with a plane. Will the X37-B fit in there? or maybe some other secret aircraft fuselage? ???

"They" could tell you but then, you wouldn't be here to ask... ;):cool:


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Jun 27, 2012 13:40 |  #26

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #14639879 (external link)
"They" could tell you but then, you wouldn't be here to ask... ;):cool:

Thus is true, especially if EG&G has any hand in it! :neutral:




  
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Jun 27, 2012 15:20 as a reply to  @ StaticMedia's post |  #27

StaticMedia wrote in post #14639857 (external link)
Will the X37-B fit in there? or maybe some other secret aircraft fuselage? ???



Well, I honestly can't respond regarding the X-37 (because I don't know), but if you look here:
http://jsc-aircraft-ops.jsc.nasa.gov/guppy​/Super%20Guppy_files/f​rame.htm (external link)
you can see several examples of cargo being loaded into the Super Guppy. For example: an F-14 fuselage (wings & vertical tails removed); and a pair of T-38s.

sigma pi wrote in post #14639704 (external link)
:lol: Yeah I dont think it wins any beauty awards.



I spoke to an astronaut buddy of mine on Monday right after he landed and asked him if the Guppy was difficult to fly. His response: They teach an axiom in test pilot school "If it looks ugly, it probably flies ugly." The Guppy does not disappoint.

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Jun 27, 2012 17:18 |  #28

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Well, I honestly can't respond regarding the X-37 (because I don't know), but if you look here:
http://jsc-aircraft-ops.jsc.nasa.gov/guppy​/Super%20Guppy_files/f​rame.htm (external link)
you can see several examples of cargo being loaded into the Super Guppy. For example: an F-14 fuselage (wings & vertical tails removed); and a pair of T-38s.



I spoke to an astronaut buddy of mine on Monday right after he landed and asked him if the Guppy was difficult to fly. His response: They teach an axiom in test pilot school "If it looks ugly, it probably flies ugly." The Guppy does not disappoint.

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Jun 27, 2012 18:06 |  #29

[QUOTE=Go4EVA!;1464045​8]

Well, I honestly can't respond regarding the X-37 (because I don't know), but if you look here:
http://jsc-aircraft-ops.jsc.nasa.gov/guppy​/Super%20Guppy_files/f​rame.htm (external link)
you can see several examples of cargo being loaded into the Super Guppy. For example: an F-14 fuselage (wings & vertical tails removed); and a pair of T-38s.



How about Lock's SR71 replacement, I wonder If parts of that If/when used by NASA would fit, and on the subject I wonder If they are making a space next to the 71's exhibit In museum as Im sure 71' replacement Is already old techno and the next bit of exotic techno Is waiting In the wings, perhaps a pulse engine hyper mach 10+ machine.....


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Jun 28, 2012 07:15 |  #30

Cool Link! Crazy what will fit in it. My aunt has worked with NASA on the shuttle program in FL since the 80's. I'll have to ask her if she has ever seen a guppy.




  
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