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Aero Spacelines Super Guppy

This photo is relating to the NASA SGT, or Super Guppy Transport. It’s so extremely large; it can bear two T-38 aircraft inside. In 2013 March 18 it flew two planes at once from Houston to El Paso.

The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy is a large, wide-bodied cargo aircraft that is used for hauling outsized cargo machinery. It was the successor to the Pregnant Guppy, the first of the Guppy aircraft produced by Aero Spacelines.


Aircraft model
A Super Guppy Turbo used by NASA
Manufacturer: Aero Spacelines
Status: Operated by NASA
Role: Outsize cargo freight aircraft
Primary users: Aero Spacelines, NASA, Airbus, Aeromaritime
First flight: August 31, 1965
Engine type: Turboprop
Length: 144′ (44 m)
Weight: 101,500 lbs (46,040 kg)
Wingspan: 156′ (48 m)
Top speed: 288 mph (463 km/h)
Cruise speed: 253 mph (407 km/h)
Range: 2,000 miles (3,219 km)
Number built: 1 SG, 4 SGT
Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (certificated ceiling) (7620 m)
Wing loading: 86.5 lb/ft² (422.5 kg/m²)
Power/mass: 9.08 lb/hp (5.52 kg/W)
Empty weight: 101,500 lb (46,039 kg)
Useful load: 54,500 lb (24,720 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 170,000 lb (77,110 kg)
Powerplant: 4 × Allison 501-D22C turboprops, 4,680 hp (3,491 kW) each
Developed from: C-97J Turbo Stratocruiser 377 Stratocruiser Pregnant Guppy (fourth one built with cannibalized pieces from Pregnant Guppy)

The SGT Super Guppy Transport, the last of its type still flying, is based at Ellington Airport in the Houston, next to NASA’s Johnson Space Center.