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The Super Guppy arrives in Seattle (pt 1)

 
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Jul 02, 2012 20:40 as a reply to  @ post 14662495 |  #16

Guppy/s where common sights over the uk as they used to fly for the Airbus Consortium, flying Airbus frames/wings between the uk and and france, till they where replaced with newer Airbus Belugga aircraft very similar looking just fans replacing the guppy's props.

Nice to see one exsisiting and flying......:D


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Jul 02, 2012 21:05 |  #17

She is a beauty! Again she was used and designed to haul the X36-A and other experimental fuselages... out of Nevada and back in to Nevada during the 1980's. This will not be De-classified until 2014 but it is truth. Higher altitude versions of the Guppy with jet-turbine engines and a slimmer titanium body were implemented in transporting pieces of the stealth bomber during it's development from Lockheed HQ in CA to Nevada for testing, normally during night, and under the cover of darkness. Lockheed even took precautions to only fly under minimal moonlight to conceal the shape of the X36-A for any civilian observer or any other passing aircraft.




  
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Jul 06, 2012 20:37 |  #18

wow... never seen anything that flies like that.

Nice


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Jul 07, 2012 14:17 |  #19

Very cool.... What a good looking bird lol


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Jul 07, 2012 23:34 |  #20

StaticMedia wrote in post #14662925 (external link)
She is a beauty! Again she was used and designed to haul the X36-A and other experimental fuselages... out of Nevada and back in to Nevada during the 1980's. This will not be De-classified until 2014 but it is truth. Higher altitude versions of the Guppy with jet-turbine engines and a slimmer titanium body were implemented in transporting pieces of the stealth bomber during it's development from Lockheed HQ in CA to Nevada for testing, normally during night, and under the cover of darkness. Lockheed even took precautions to only fly under minimal moonlight to conceal the shape of the X36-A for any civilian observer or any other passing aircraft.

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wow... never seen anything that flies like that.

Nice

horse51 wrote in post #14684090 (external link)
Very cool.... What a good looking bird lol

Thanks, All :) I'm hoping to get one more crack at her, later this summer, when she comes back to deliver the rest of the trainer.


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Mar 24, 2014 22:55 |  #21

It's back!

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Mar 25, 2014 02:51 |  #22

and nice landing too! good catch...


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Mar 25, 2014 08:05 |  #23

joeseph wrote in post #16784309 (external link)
and nice landing too! good catch...

Not really...you should not touch down on the nose gear first - could make things interesting!


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Mar 25, 2014 09:07 |  #24

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing the photos and for explaining.


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Mar 25, 2014 09:45 |  #25

LA Smith wrote in post #16784621 (external link)
Not really...you should not touch down on the nose gear first - could make things interesting!

It's normal in a Super Guppy and it's predecessors the 377 and C97.
It has a beefed up nose gear to be able to handle it.


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Mar 25, 2014 10:50 |  #26

Stiggyiggy wrote in post #16784798 (external link)
It's normal in a Super Guppy and it's predecessors the 377 and C97.
It has a beefed up nose gear to be able to handle it.

Wow! I learned something again today! The C-97 and its derivatives DID commonly land nose gear first. Unorthodox, but effective...:)


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Mar 25, 2014 12:02 |  #27

@Stiggiggy: Any idea what its return was for?


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Mar 25, 2014 15:44 |  #28

Really nice images, wish I could take some pic of it.


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Mar 25, 2014 16:30 |  #29

One here in the UK that isn't as shiney as that one!!

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Great shots too, would love to get to see one fly again :)

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Mar 25, 2014 21:53 |  #30

Snydremark wrote in post #16785115 (external link)
@Stiggiggy: Any idea what its return was for?

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