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F-BTGV - Emergency exit door in frame

F-BTGV - Emergency exit door in frame


Known as the Super Guppy, No.1 was transformed from a Stratocruiser, C-97, using the nose section, cockpit, wings, lower nacelle, tail surfaces and MLG. The nose wheel is a Boeing 707 rotated 180°. In service the aircraft had Alison T-56 turboprop engines, with cowlings and turboprop from P-3 Orion. The propellers and spinners were from a C-130 Hercules. An exceptional design for its time that has evolved into the Beluga that we see in our skies today.

The first flight was 24th August 1970, in Santa Barbara. The Super Guppy was the only aircraft capable of carrying the third stage of the Saturn V rocket at the time. Between the Guppy family they carried 85% of the hardware required for the Saturn and Apollo missions. It was then sold to Airbus industries in 1971. It went on to carry large items such as wing spars, as it saved disruption and congestion on roads, and was quicker.

Arrived at Bruntingthorpe at the end of its service 1st July 1996 when the engines were removed.

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