12/11/06: Boeing names the 747 LCF the "Dreamlifter"
We're glad no one was hurt.
Boeing embarassed as 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter scores
direct hit on parked Renton car with test component
It appears from accident reports that Boeing’s
oversized freighter rival to the Airbus A300 Belgua, the 747-400
Large Cargo Freighter, or Dreamlifter, may have a promising
future in the military as a non-precision bomber.
According to a US
Federal Aviation Administration incident report filed on Thursday,
N747BC, Boeing’s cargo carrier for 787 Dreamliner components,
“on departure (from Renton) dropped a piece of test equipment
and the object struck a parked vehicle.” Boeing confirmed that
no one was injured in the drop, and that the damage was “minor”
to the car.
It’s uncertain whether or not the owner has been identified. Boeing
would only say that the car was in a shopping centre, "near the
Ikea store", when the fibreglass test cone fell from the aircraft’s
tail around 14:00. Boeing says the foible won’t have any impact
on plans to have the LCF deliver the first 787 fuselage components
from Japan to the Global
Aeronautica integration facility in South Carolina in early
Apparently the LCF has also left its mark elsewhere near Seattle.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that a small Cessna on
approach to Boeing Field was tossed about in the wake turbulence
from the LCF on a parallel approach on 16 November.
the original article here
the FAA Report
the Google Maps location, too!
12/8/06: Boeing names the 747 LCF the "Dreamlifter"
Ugly plane gets face lift
7, 2006--Boeing finally has a name for the big, ugly Large Cargo
Freighter that will be needed to haul the fuselage sections and
wings of the 787 Dreamliner to Everett for final assembly of the
The modified 747 with the bulbous upper fuselage will be called
the Dreamlifter. It will be painted white with blue trim on the
tail and engines.
the complete story from the Seattle Post Intelligencer here
(We feel it's only a matter of time before it's known as the "Jumbo
12/8/06: From our "Watch where you're flying department"...
12/1/06: Daniel Jablonski sent this correction to our previous
Small correction, 2 CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation) Super Guppy
Loadmasters (contractors) are left on the program but we have also 2 NASA
Transportation Management Specialists/Loadmasters (Bobby Boyd and Chris
11/21/06: Daniel Jablonski wrote to alert us that the Super Guppy
has moved to El Paso!
El Paso weather ideal for NASA aircraft's life span
By Tammy Fonce-Olivas / El Paso Times
Paso is the new home of an aircraft used by NASA to transport
satellite equipment and spacecraft cargo. The NASA Super Guppy
arrived Monday at the El Paso International Airport. It has a
cargo compartment that is 25 feet tall, 25 feet wide and 111 feet
long, and it can carry a payload of more than 26 tons.
"It's a great asset for us," Larry LaRose, site manager for NASA
operations in El Paso, said shortly after the aircraft touched
down in El Paso.
LaRose said housing the aircraft should provide
additional exposure to NASA's El Paso office, which is known for
providing astronauts with landing training. The office opened in
1985 with five employees. It now has a staff of 39. Staffing should
not increase because of the Super Guppy. Patrick T. Abeln, El Paso
International Airport director of aviation, said the local weather
should extend the life of the aircraft..
The one-of-a-kind aircraft was relocated from NASA's Johnson Space
Center in Houston to El Paso because of the local weather. The region's
low humidity should keep the Super Guppy from corroding, LaRose
here to read the full story in the El Paso Times
Thanks for the info, Daniel!
Daniel also mentions that there are only two Loadmasters
still working with the Guppy; himself
and Jim Thorpe. A lot of changes for the
Super Guppy and her crew.
11/4/06: Here is the latest info on the development of the 747
LCF from Boeing's
Boeing 747 Large Cargo Freighter Successfully Tests Swing
EVERETT, Wash, Oct. 23, 2006 -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) opened and
closed the swing tail for the 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter for
the first time Oct. 10. The 747 LCF is currently at the Boeing Everett
factory for tests on the swing tail, a major modification to the
airplane that allows large pieces to be loaded and unloaded from
the back of the airplane. These tests are the first time the LCF
swing tail has opened.
Since its first flight, the 747 LCF has accomplished 55 flight-test
hours and 270 hours of ground tests. The 747 LCF will transport
major components of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Photo Credit: Boeing
Neg #: K63824-01
9/17/06: We found this story and photo essay about the 747 LCF's
arrival into Seattle from the Seattle Times' website:
A 747 carrier of 787 cargo makes debut
Seattle Times staff
Looking like a giant beluga whale in need of a paint job, a
converted 747 superfreighter touched down at Seattle's Boeing Field
Saturday morning, marking a major step in the company's transformation
of how aircraft are produced here.
Boeing executives regard the oversized cargo jet as the linchpin
of the company's quest to become more efficient and to reduce the
financial risks of launching its newest jet, the 787.
Here to read the full story--
There was also a photo essay by ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE
||A converted Boeing 747 comes in for its first landing at Boeing
Field on Saturday morning after making its maiden transoceanic flight
to Seattle. The superfreighter, modified in Taiwan, marks a major
step in the company's transformation of how aircraft are produced
|A crowd of Boeing employees, pilots' family members and members
of the media approach Boeing's first superfreighter after its landing
Saturday morning at Boeing Field. The company designed the Taiwan-built
superfreighters so it can import 787 parts in six huge prefabricated
||The main cargo bay of the superfreighter dwarfs those gathering
inside the jet Saturday. The enlarged interior can accommodate three
times the cargo volume of a standard 747-400, Boeing says.
|The oversized body of the superfreighter is evident as it sits
on the Boeing Field tarmac Saturday. Boeing executives regard the
cargo jet as the linchpin of the company's quest to become more efficient
and to reduce the financial risks of launching the 787. The company's
workers in the Puget Sound area, however, say they see the ungainly
jet as the harbinger of a radically reduced role for Boeing's local
||Chuck Lidtka, left, Boeing flight test engineer , and Rick Eads,
flight test manufacturing general supervisor, carry mattresses and
pillows out of the superfreighter Saturday morning at Boeing Field.
Crew members brought the creature comforts with them for the jet's
maiden transoceanic flight.
9/17/06: Dan Savage sent us this story about the 747 LCF:
Converted 747 superfreighter to land in Seattle
Seattle Times aerospace reporter
Saturday, September 16, 2006 - Looking like a giant beluga
whale in need of a paint job, a converted 747 superfreighter is
scheduled to touch down at Seattle's Boeing Field at 8 a.m. today,
marking a major step in the company's transformation of how aircraft
are produced here.
Here to read the full story
Thanks Dan, for this late breaking news. The 747 LCF should be on the ground
by now. We'll keep you posted.
9/16/06: We're behind in updates, so let's jump right in. There
are several for today.
Our friend, Daniel Jablonski, Super Guppy Loadmaster, sent us this
photo in July. Thinking this was an old photo from the first
polish job the Super Guppy got, we filed it away. Daniel also
sent copies of the photos seen below with the following humorous
"Thank you. Now we have to compete with Boeing 747 LCF
(for pictures) on your website...just joking.
Have a great day.
Heh heh. No competition. Thanks for sending the photos, as always Daniel.
The 747 LCF was built upon the lessons learned at Aero Spacelines, and are,
as they say, "Standing on the shoulders of giants."
Jumping ahead to August, we received photos from Steven Link who
"The Super Guppy just came out of our Paint hangar here
at Tinker AFB. They contracted to paint it and several other NASA
birds. I talked to the paint crew and it took them almost 2 weeks
to polish this monster out and over 700 gallons of paint. And that's
working a 24 hour shift! Very impressive aircraft. Some pics were
taken in direct noontime sun and the others were around 7:30 just
before the hangar shadows hit the plane....Enjoy!"
Thanks Steven, for sending in the photos!
A bit later, we received the full compliment of the Super Guppy in her new
spit and polish. Very pretty! The blue is a lighter shade of blue and the
white is different too.
View Stu's photos here: 01
"Daren, fresh paint and a third buff job since '98! Man, she's looking
We couldn't agree more!
9/9/06: Dan Savage emailed us this news release on Boeing's about
the 747 LCF test flight.
Boeing 747 Large Cargo Freighter Completes First Flight
TAIPEI, Sept. 09, 2006 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] 747-400
Large Cargo Freighter took to the skies for the first time at 10:38
a.m. (UTC/GMT +8 hours) today, initiating the flight test program
that will culminate in U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
The two-hour, four-minute flight was the first of 250 expected flight
test hours for the unique freighter, a specially modified 747-400
that will transport major composite structures of the all-new 787
Here to read the full story-- | --And
there's video too! Click Here!
Thanks again Dan, for keeping us up to date on the 747 LCF!
8/22/06: Dan Savage emailed us this photo release on Boeing's
website about the 747 LCF roll out.
Thanks Dan, for emailing us this link and story!
Boeing 747 Large Cargo Freighter Rolls Out; Prepares for
TAIPEI, Aug. 17, 2006 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has rolled
the first 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter (LCF) out of the hangar
at Taipei's Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport. The enormous
airplane is the first of three specially modified jets that will
be used to transport major assemblies for the all-new Boeing
Here to read the full story--
8/15/06: Our old friend Mark Hansen sent us these photos of the
recent Boeing 747 LCF roll out.
|Here are some images of the recent rollout of Boeing's Large
Cargo Freighter that you might want to post on your Guppys website.
Love what you've done with your website. Keep up the good work!
Thanks for the photos and kind words, Mark! With your and everyone's
help we will.
7/13/06: Congratulations to NASA, the crew
of Super Guppy N941, the History
Channel and especially to 44 Blue Productions for a great episode
on the NASA's Space Programs and their successful efforts to move Mega
Go on board the Super Guppy's cargo deck while Bobby Boyd guides
a load in.
To view the Quicktime VR, click on the thumbnail to the left.
You will need to have Quicktime
installed on your computer to view QTVR.
Congratulations to Frank Marlow,
Bobby Boyd, Larry
Craig, Tom Gordon, David
Wyckoff and the rest of the hard working Super
Guppy crew and Loadmasters
for doing such a great job of showing what professionals you really
are and how much pride you take in a job well done!
on image above to view a JPG image of the Quicktime tour.
7/10/06: Mega Movers- Space Machines Rescheduled
Due to the Independance Day holiday scheduling, the History
Channel rescheduled the Mega
Movers program featuring the NASA Super Guppy to Wednesday,
July 12 at 2:00 AM Eastern. Check your local listings. Should be a good
one! (But we're slightly prejudiced)
| 7/7/06: Tedd Hansen emailed us the latest info about the 747
LCF (Large Cargo Freighter).
Thanks Tedd! You're now our official northwest correspondant. Great
6/28/06: Charles Lee emailed these pictures; hot off the press
(as it were).
Here are a couple of shots taken the morning of 6/28/06 as
a Super Guppy leaves Philly International....I believe she was
transporting a V-22 Osprey to final assembly in Texas.
I caught these photos by accident while trying a new camera,
I wasn't even aware this beautiful plane was in town.
I especially like the con trails coming from the props in
the merky, rainy weather.
I enjoyed your excellent site.
Charles Lee, Boeing Retired
Thank you Charles, for sending in these striking photos. The words
Super Guppy and beautiful plane don't often collide in
the same sentence, but we couldn't agree more! Great photos! :-)
6/27/06: We received this bit of news from Tedd Hansen. Tedd
I wanted to let you know that the Seattle PI (local newspaper) ran a
story on its website today (June 27) about the forthcoming Boeing 787.
This story included a series of pictures, two of which portrayed the
Large Cargo Freighter Boeing intends to build to transport parts of
this plane. It looked like a guppy to me so I thought I'd let you know.
You can access the story at this link:
Dreamliner 'coming to life' First large pieces to be assembled in Japan
starting this week
I've attached the two pertinent pictures. If you want to see the
complete series of pictures, here is the link:
the Boeing Dreamliner
Also, I wanted to say how much I've enjoyed your guppy site and
your story of building the guppy RC plane in particular. I live in Central
Washington state and have visited the guppy at Tillamook Oregon. Very
interesting planes and I think you've done a great deed by providing
so much interesting information on your site.
you Tedd! Very interesting that Boeing is getting back into the Guppy
game. The idea is so old it's new again! :-)
5/10/06: Guess which airplane and crew are going to be featured
on the July 4th episode of Mega Movers? If you said NASA N941, good
We received this email from Rebecca Graham, producer for the History
Channel's Mega Movers program.
Love your website! Its very detailed and informative. I had the
privilege of "hanging out" with the Super Guppy flight team in
February while shooting a show for the new History Channel program,
Movers." Frank Marlow, Bobby Boyd, Dan Jablonski, Dan Brown,
David Wyckoff, Tom Gordon, and Larry Glenn were all there working
to move a piece of the International Space Station. They are a
class act, and incredible at what they do. And, just about the
nicest guys you could ever meet.
I wanted to send you the airdate for the program so you could tune
in, and get the word out to other Super Guppy enthusiasts. July 4th,
2006 at 10PM. It will also air in repeats I'm sure, since this is a
"Super Guppy/Space Station"
For Mega Movers,
44 Blue Productions
Studio City, CA
Thanks for the info, Rebecca! We couldn't agree with you more about
what a great group of guys they are.
here to view the MegaMovers schedule.
5/10/06: Speaking of Daniel Jablonski, Daniel sent us these
dramatic photos of N941 and her crew that were taken by Jim Hughes (Boeing
move manager for the V-22),
Thanks guys for the great photos of the Super Guppy!
4/13/06: N941 endures high winds at 35d13'15.12"N 101d 42'12.01"
W (Google Earth, that is..)
||Kari McWest writes, "I haven't had a chance to look closely,
but "a Guppy" was here in Amarillo on 29 March 2006. I don't know
if it has left, but I can guarantee that if it didn't leave yesterday
it CERTAINLY could not leave today with our 30-40 mph sustained
winds... an average March day for us!"
"Rick Husband Amarillo airport is not far, and we get buzzed
by C-130s, C-5s, and various trainers and tankers, practicing touch-and-go
landings and fly-bys, right over our lab! We are above the truck
garage, so when the flight path is overhead we can just about count
the lug nuts!
|The "distant" image (above) is from near old English Field (35d
13'51.79" N, 101d42' 24.56 W)
The Guppy (right) was at 35d13'15.12"N 101d 42'12.01" W and I shot
the close photo from 35d13'10.65"N 101d 42'09.91"W, just in case
you want to go to GoogleEarth and see.
Thanks Kari for sending these photos.
2/25/06: N941 at Kennedy Space Center and Saturn stages through
the Panama Canal video.
Our new friend Clinton Wylie sent us this photo of the Super
Guppy on the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center
with an AWACS making passes in the background.
Click on the thumbnail on the left to view full sized image.
is well known that NASA agreed to use the Pregnant Guppy and later the
Super Guppy to carry the Saturn S-IV stage. We found this video footage
from a History Channel program about NASA's lunar mission effort which
featured footage of various Saturn stages being barged though the Panama
Click on the image on the right to watch the video (9.2 Mb WMV)
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