Enjoy the latest videos from our YouTube page, courtesy of Bill Traylor's son Mark.
This footage comes courtesy of Bill Traylor taken during the around the world flight of the Mini Guppy, the "Spirit of Santa Barbara".
Mostly this film has footage of the places the crew visited while flying around the world. Look for Texas, Munich, Cairo, Jakarta, Sidney, and Hawaii. and finally the sunrise over California.
Bill Traylor flew the Guppys during his time with ASI. Bill was also a home movie buff who brought his camera with him to film his flights.
In this movie you'll see the loading procedures including opening the nose of the original Super Guppy and loading a lunar test vehicle.
We also get to see the takeoff from inside the cockpit and flight to the Cape, including footage taken while flying down the coast of Florida.
This footage appears to be taken with a wind-up 8mm camera, hence the short takes.
Here is a photo of the crew when they arrived home. The Mini Guppy crew was: Travis Hodges - Chief Flight engineer, Richard Gadfield - Navigator, Howard Chalupsky- assistant flight officer, William Traylor (Dad) - Reserve Captain, Larry Engel - Captain, William Ostrander - CO-Pilot, Dick Gadfield Navigator, Howard Chalupsky Flight Engineer, Roland Hipley and Gerorge Conway - Loadmasters andMechanics and two mechanics not named.
Tex Johnston announced as the Chairman of the Board of ASI and TJI, and more photos from Tony!
This letter from "Tex" Johnston to Jack (Tony's dad) of the changes in management structuring at ASI.
SGT #1 in the classic Guppy takeoff photograph taken at what appears to be Santa Barbara Airport. (center).
Tony shared some of his vintage ASI memorabilia, starting from left, unopened Guppy paperweight, group photo if French folks [from Airbus], and a Guppy tie-tack (right).
We can't think of a nicer birthday present!
Fellow Guppy Fan, Tony P. writes,
"I have the original engineering on the SG201....its about 8 feet long blueprint. My father was VP, Engineering in the late 60's early 70's, ASI."
Tony shared photos of his plans with us. All 10' by 4' feet of them!
What a great lead-in for a shout-out to Terry Dunn from Tested.com!
Super Guppy Fan Terry writes,
"Terry Dunn here. I’ve been working on an article about the NASA’s Super Guppy and your site has been a huge resource for me. Thanks for pulling it together and maintaining it.
A few years back, when I was working at JSC, I was friends with one of the NASA pilots. He invited me out to Ellington to crawl around the Guppy one day."
You're welcome Terry! We're glad to help out and share your article with our readers. Here's a link to his article on Tested.com. It's a great read and he has more photos of N941.
NASA’s Super Guppy–Awkward, Old, and Irreplaceable
by Terry Dunn
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We have decided to move all of our videos to our new YouTube Channel
for easier viewing. You can still find the video thunbnails in their existing
locatins (at the bottom of each airplane's page), but the links will now
open up a YouTube page. We feel this will be easier for our visitors to
enjoy the various videos in one location, rather than have to go from
page to page. We have loaded some of our favorites, as well as some new
ones you haven't seen before.
Our YouTube Channel is www.YouTube.com/AllAboutGuppys.
September 19, 2012: 50th Anniversary of the Pregnant Guppy's Test Flight!
With the help of some very dedicated friends and colleagues at Aero Spacelines
and On Mark Engineering, Jack Conroy helped a nation realize its dream
of going to the moon within a decade. Conroy's vision, realized through
the Pregnant Guppy, lives on in NASA's N941, Airbus' Belugas and Boeing's
Fifty years later and beyond, history will surely remember Jack Conroy
as the father of over-sized aircraft.
Here are some interesting Pregnant Guppy related links:
We searched our archives and came out with these photos
taken on September 19, 1962.
|Left photo: This UPI photo was taken during the
preparations for the initial start up prior to taxiing down for the
Right photo: Seen here is Jack with
a flight crew. We apologize for any confusion.
Two stories; one is about the first Guppy, and the
other is about the last Guppy. Both are great stories that we hope you
will really enjoy. Happy Independence Day!
First the Pregnant Guppy story-
We received these emails from Suzanne S.
David Elliott from NASA
suggested I write you. I have footage from the inaugural flight
of the Pregant Guppy. It is about 4-1/2 minutes long and is great,
close-up footage. My Uncle Bill (William Lowther) used to work for
Hughes Aircraft and he worked on this project and was there at the
I met up with David as he was passing through Tucson with the
Super Guppy on his way to Seattle with the mock space shuttle and
I gave him a copy of the footage for the events this weekend (Clay
Lacy, among many other VIPs, is going to be at the events.)
Later Suzanne wrote us:
fyi -I gave the footage to David Elliott and he took it with
him to Seattle and inserted it into a presentation given today by
Greg Johnson. He also showed it to Clay Lacy last night. They were
very excited to see it and it's actually incredible and close-up
David and Clay said it is the only known video of the inaugural
flight, and given that it's the 50th anniversary of the flight,
timing was definitely on my side to find this footage last week.
I personally don't need the credit but you can list the credit
like this: "Donated In Memory of William Lowther".
Suzanne, we should be thanking you, David Elliott and most of all,
Uncle Bill for sharing this incredible video and story with us and
This historic video contains the inital start-up and taxi down
to the PR area for the Pregnant Guppy's official unveiling. Jack
Conroy is briefly seen accepting good wishes and good luck handshakes
from friends and collegues before rushing past the camera.
The Pregnant Guppy is then started and taxied down to the end of
the runway for the test flight with his airport security escort
doing their best to keep ahead of Jack and the Pregnant Guppy. The
chase plane, a single-seat experimental home-built, follows at a
Jack shows his long familiarity with the Boeing 377s as he performs
a high speed taxi that turns into a short hop in ground effect and
then a perfect landing. A hasty taxi back on the runway means Jack
is anxious to get this bird in the air. In the next scene, he does
just that as the Pregnant Guppy takes off and flies away, leaving
onlookers scratching their heads.
Look for the nice close-ups of the Pregnant Guppy on the ground
and in the air. The cameo by Jack was great!
Donated In Memory of William Lowther
(click on any of the thumbnails to watch the
video - No sound)
Thanks for the 4-1-1 on the 9-4-1!
We received this email from our friend, Angelee with this video of the
NASA Super Guppy flying over Seattle.
Good morning Daren, I know you will enjoy this!!!
Thanks for this very cool video, Angelee. Watch for the 747 LCF
to make a cameo appearance. Watch
on our YouTube Channel.
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