Super Guppy, This Odd Looking Plane Is NASA’s Jumbo Jumbo Jet

Super Guppy, This Odd Looking Plane Is NASA’s Jumbo Jumbo Jet

Super Guppy, This Odd Looking Plane Is NASA's Jumbo Jumbo Jet

The limitations of narrow roads, rail tunnels, etc. posed serious problems in the transportation of over sized cargo which are required for government and private industries. The most economical and practical solution for this problem is Super Guppy.

It is a huge, wide-bodied cargo aircraft which serves as an air transport vehicle. This large vehicle is used for pulling out sized cargo components. Although the aircraft have a few custom pieces, it is more of a mishmash of various parts from several airplanes.

History Of Super Guppy

Super Guppy, This Odd Looking Plane Is NASA's Jumbo Jumbo Jet

In 1960, ‘Guppy’ was just an idea of aircraft salesman, Lee Mansdorf and his friend, Jack Conroy so as to provide logistical support to the United States of America’s fledgling space program. Super Guppy evolved slowly over a period of time. Now, it has a 25 feet tall, 25 feet wide and 111 feet long cargo area and carries over 26 tons worth of cargo.

Peek Inside The Cockpit

The huge aircraft flies just like a big airplane but has a very basic flight control system which makes it simple for the Super guppy takeoff. It doesn’t contain any hydraulic boost or power steering. This is the pretty interesting thing about the jumbo jet super guppy cockpit. The jumbo vehicle has a unique hinged nose. It opens more than 200 degrees and allows loading and unloading of large pieces of cargo from the front.

Super Guppy, This Odd Looking Plane Is NASA's Jumbo Jumbo Jet

The aircraft is unique and the flight engineer is always on board to set the power even during the super guppy landings. This helps to horse the heavy flight controls around and manipulate the power levers at the same time.

Uses Of Jumbo Jet:

Super Guppy, This Odd Looking Plane Is NASA's Jumbo Jumbo Jet Super Guppy, This Odd Looking Plane Is NASA's Jumbo Jumbo Jet Super Guppy, This Odd Looking Plane Is NASA's Jumbo Jumbo Jet

Not only for the cargo transportation in public and private industries, the jumbo jet is used often used as NASA transport vehicle and large components are transported across the country which takes too much time or is impossible to move by land and sea route

Source: Wikipedia

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