9/25/08: The Scrapping Continues...Maybe
Our friend at Bournemouth, Barry Quince, sent us these photos of the status
of the Skymonster's scrapping. The turboprops are out and there appears
to be some type of fencing that's ready to be installed.
| Hi Daren,
Just to keep you up to date, the Guppy is still at Bournemouth for
how long who can tell. I do have permision to go on the aircraft from
time to time, the last time was on Monday. I will try to keep you
informed of how things are going more often. As for a museum, maybe.
Thanks for the update, Barry! Actually, we have heard from another source
that the Skymonster may not be scrapped afterall. The Skymonster could
be heading for a museum in Germany.
We're hoping that Jack Conroy's last and possibly his best oversized cargo
airplane will see life beyond the smelter's pot!
9/25/08: Super Guppy Carries Pioneer 10 (too!)
Christian Gurling, the curator at the Tillamook
Air Museum shares some new photos of the Super Guppy being loaded
with the Pioneer F/G (also known as the Pioneer 10).
I hope they will make a great and wonderful addition to the history
of the Guppy family.
These are a great find, Christian! Thank you for sharing
them with us and our readers. I love the guy kneeling next to the radioactive
warning sign in his civies! ;^)
8/8/08: More history on the Mini Guppy.
We received an information request from Christian Gurling, the Curator
at the Tillamook
Air Museum. Christian asked us if we had any information on the
Mini Guppy carrying the Pioneer 10 (Pioneer-F).
The Pioneer 10 was the first man-made object designed to leave our solar
system. Pioneer 10's main objectives were to study the interplanetary
and planetary magnetic fields; atmosphere of Jupiter and some of its satellites,
particularly Io; and to photograph Jupiter and its satellites.
We searched our archives and were not able to find any information on
the Mini Guppy carrying the Pioneer 10 spacecraft. We then received this
information from Christian:
Here’s something I received today from NASA in regards to the Mini-Guppy
and the Pioneer 10. It seems that the Guppy did indeed carry the Pioneer
10, judging by the photo. Quite a history!
Tillamook Air Musem
Thanks for the information! There seems to be no end to the historical
significance of Aero Spacelines' aircraft.
8/2/08: Aviation Visionary, Smilin' Jack Conroy Available at Amazon!
Bob Kirby and George Warner's new book about Jack Conroy is available
at Amazon.com. They're temporarily out of stock, but it looks to be a
here to place your order for "Aviation Visionary, Smilin' Jack Conroy.
Thanks for the head's up, Dan!
8/1/08: Some good news and some bad news. First the good news.
We have been in contact with Chrisian Gurling, the Curator at the Tillamook
Air Museum. Christian sent us some exciting news about the Mini-Guppy.
Tillamook Air Museum is pleased to announce the grand opening of its most
unusual and uniquely bizarre aircraft, the Mini-Guppy, on 1 August 2008.
For the very first time, visitors to the Museum will have the rare opportunity
to tour this historic aircraft and in the process learn what made this
such an outstanding and ubiquitous aircraft.
Visitors to the Guppy will experience a photo exhibit in the heart of
the aircraft that documents the Mini-Guppy's early life as a Boeing 377
Stratocruiser in service with Pan Am Airlines, to its rebirth as an oversized
cargo aircraft that carried a variety of goods including school busses,
boats, helicopters and blimps.
A separate fee will apply to tour the Mini-Guppy and can readily be purchased
at the Museum Admissions desk. The Tillamook Air Museum welcomes you to
our newest exhibit and hopes to see you soon.
That's fantastic! We're sure the Mini-Guppy Tours will become very
8/1/08: New book about Jack Conroy and his Conroy Aircraft Corporation!
We received this message from former Conroy Aircraft employee, George
Bob Kirby (once Conroy's Director of Research & Development) and I (once
Conroy's Purchasing Manager) have just published a book detailing the
4 year experience of Jack's Conroy Aircraft Corporation.
The Book is titled: "AVIATION VISIONARY--Smilin' Jack Conroy and his Conroy
Aircraft Corporation" and sells for $19.95.
The book has pictures of the Turbo-3, the Turbo Albatross, the CL-44 we
called the Conroy Airlift, the STOLifter, and various other things.
Cheers Geo Warner
Thanks for the head's up, George! We'll update our readers on where the
book can be purchased once we find out.
8/1/08: NASA's Super Guppy and crew (and us!) featured in Air &
were interviewed by Kara Platoni for an article she wrote for the Smithsonian's
Air & Space magazine. It will be appearing in the September, 2008
Kara's article is titled "BIG
IDEA: Megalifters prove you're never too fat to fly." and
is available online.
Click Here to read Kara's article.
8/1/08: And finally we close with some bad news.
We heard from our friend, Barry Quince with news about the CL-44-O, Skymonster.
The Skymonster had been stored at Bournemouth Airport until recently.
Just to keep you up to date, the Guppy is now being scrapped at Bournemouth
airport. I did hope the old girl would fly again. [I] wish I could
have sent you better news.
Thanks for the news, Barry. It's
sad to think that the certification flights flown in 2004 would ultimately
be the last time the old bird would take to the skies.
After leaving the company he helped build, Jack Conroy did not retire
from building revolutionary aircraft, he instead resumed the "seat
of your pants" style of bulding airplanes that had brought him success
in the past, forming the Conroy Aircraft Corporation to modify existing
The CL-44-O Airlift, or Skymonster as it became later known, was Conroy
Aircraft's most successful and long-lived design.With the Skymonster's
demise, it takes the number of surviving
CL-44s from four to three.
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