Have you Met the “Super Guppy”?

Yes, an alien looking airplane that “eats” other airplanes. In this case two NASA T-38 Talons! We’re very proud to host NASA’s “Super Guppy” at the 2022 CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow. The aircraft’s original form was that of a KC-97 Stratofreighter and transformed through feats of engineering ingenuity into NASA’s “Super Guppy.” Check out the pics below!

T-38s being "eaten"

“Aside from the Super Guppy’s size – it measures more than 48 feet to the top of its tail and has a wingspan of more than 156 feet with a huge upper cargo bay – the aircraft features a hinged nose that opens 110 degrees. Once open, an aircraft cargo loader was used to load the two trainer aircraft. The Guppy’s 25-foot diameter cargo bay permitted the two T-38 aircraft to be moved with only the wingtips needing to be removed, said Johnson flight engineer David Elliott, the Guppy’s project manager.”

Chomp on T-38s

“After opening the nose section of the Guppy, hoisting the T-38s onto a specially designed pallet atop a mobile transporter, loading the pallet and T-38s onto the Guppy and then reclosing the Guppy’s nose section – about a 2.5-hour process – the Guppy departed for El Paso.”

Super Guppy

There’s Only One Place to See This Marvel of Engineering … at the Airshow!

Even better, come out to the show and talk to the men and women who work with this amazing machine.

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Info & image Sources:

  • https://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/Features/super_guppy.html

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