Aero Spacelines 377-SG "Super Guppy"

The Aero Spacelines 377-SG "Super Guppy", a super-transport aircraft used by NASA until 1991.

Based on the Boeing C-97 cargo plane and the Boeing 377 airliner, the huge "Guppy" super-transports are some of the most unique aircraft ever built. Designed to carry very large, but relatively light cargos, the Guppies were built from parts of retired U.S. Air Force C-97 Stratofreighters and airline 377 Stratocruisers. The planes proved to be very useful for carrying segments of rockets and many of the Saturn rockets that powered the Apollo Program were transported in the Super Guppy. This is the second Guppy, the first "Super Guppy" built. Its parts came from at least two different aircraft. Most of the airframe came from a former Pan American Airways airliner. However, the wings, engines, and forward fuselage came from one of the Air Force's experimental turbo-prop powered YC-97J aircraft. The Super Guppy continued in use by NASA until 1991 when it was retired in favor of a younger Super Guppy.

Wingspan

156 ft 3 in.

Length

143 ft 10 in.

Height

46 ft 5 in.

Weight

170,000 lbs (loaded)

Cargo bay interior

108 ft 10 in. long, 25 ft wide, 25 ft 6 in. high

Maximum cargo weight

41,000 lbs

Cruising Speed

300 MPH

Range

505 miles

Engines

Four Pratt & Whitney T34-P-7WA turboprops with 7,000 horsepower

Crew

4

Manufacturer
Aero Spacelines

Markings
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1991

Designation
377SG

Registration
N1038V, N940NS

Serial Number
52-2693

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