What is a Super Guppy?

Super Guppy, aka Boeing 377 SGT

Super Guppy, aka Boeing 377 SGT

So sometimes NASA needs to fly some really really really big sh!t around the country, and a super guppy is the answer. Check out that cargo bay.

Photo: NASA

Photo and assorted mumbo jumbo all straight from NASA

The B-377SGT Super Guppy Turbine evolved from the 1960s-vintage Pregnant Guppy, Mini Guppy and Super Guppy, used for transporting sections of the Saturn rocket used for the Apollo program moon launches and other outsized cargo. The various Guppies were modified from 1940’s and 50’s-vintage Boeing Model 377 and C-97 Stratocruiser airframes by Aero Spacelines, Inc., which operated the aircraft for NASA.

Here’s a video and links for you aspiring aviators to explore.

Rumor has it there are only one of these left in operation.

NASA main link. NASA photo gallery. Brief history link. (Via Tim.)

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