March 12, 2002 - Mini Guppy Turbine In Flight! After
previewing the film footage rescued by the Camarillo CAF, we decided to
start with two clips which we thought were the most interesting, and the
most historically significant. The first film clip is air to air footage
of the 377MGT's ferry flight to Edwards Air Force Base for flight testing.
This film footage features many different clips of the 377MGT in flight
and concludes with the landing and roll-out at Edwards AFB. This may be
the only film of the Mini Guppy Turbine left in existence. You can see this
footage in the newly added video section on the 377MGT
page. We've also added a short clip found on a reel of film about the
Pregnant Guppy that offers a unique perspective of how the cargo was loaded
into the Pregnant Guppy. This clip features time-lapse photography of the
loading of the S-2 Saturn V second stage on to the Pregnant Guppy. The cameraman
compressed several hours of loading and reassembly of the Pregnant Guppy
into about a minute and a half. Stop by the Pregnant
Guppy page and visit the Video section to view this video.
March 7, 2002 - Aero Spacelines' History Rescued! Thanks to the foresight
of the good folks at the Camarillo Wing of the CAF (Commemorative Air Force),
one of the most unique parts of aviation history was saved from the Dewey
Dumpster! Due to the forced closing of the Santa Barbara Air & Space Museum,
they could no longer store the many exibihits in their possesion. The caretakers
called the Camarillo CAF and explained that if the CAF didn't pick up the
contents of the museum, they would be forced to throw it all away. The CAF,
riding a semi-tractor trailer to the rescue, picked up the museum's artifacts,
lock stock and barrell. Through another fortunate turn of events, we were
offered the ASI exibihit in it's entirety. Also saved from the trash were
nearly all of the newspaper articles and clippings, many press releases,
lots of photos and... ASI movies of the Pregnant Guppy, NASA Super Guppy,
Mini Guppy and air-to-air footage shot during the tuft testing of the SGT!!
Is that cool or what?!
July 6, 2001 New Home - New Address! Due to TheGrid.net being bought
by a company called OneMain.com who was then bought by Earthlink.com, we've
been forced to seek a new, more permanent home. We suppose it was time to
finally join the dot-com revolution, so maybe this is a good thing. Please
update your bookmarks - favorites with our new address. You'll also notice
some changes around here, some of which have happened with the move... Like
our new easier to understand navigation bar on the left. How do you like
it? We have some more updates planned for the very near future, so stop
April 1, 2001 Super-sonic Super Guppy! NASA has just released this photo
of the Super Guppy in transonic flight. Most people didn't think it was
possible (including us, your editors). This is just a part of NASA's effort
to speed the shipments of the International Space Station components as
quickly as possible to their final destination... Space! Oh, and by the
way... April Fool's!! (You knew that, right?) We've added a new page which
we will keep online during the month of April for your viewing pleasure
- Guppy Humor. Click
here to view humorous images that our readers have sent to us!
February 28, 2001 JATO-Guppy! Pregnant Guppy performing
a JATO-assisted take-off! These tests were done at Santa Barbara airport
in 1968. Click here to go directly to the
377PG Pregnant Guppy page. But, before you
go, we've also added a follow-up to December's update... The right side
pf the Mini now reads ''Tillamook Air Museum'', but what's on the other
side? Visit the 377MG Mini Guppy find out!
And check out the museum's efforts to keep the Mini from flying! And, we've
recently obtained photos of the CL-44-O Skymonster (CL-44 Guppy) during
its years with Flying Tiger Lines. Don't miss the CL-44-O
December 20, 2000 "This Space For Rent!" :-) The Mini Guppy
is now being used by the Tillamook Naval Air Station Musem to advertise
it's existence. The "Erickson Air Crane" name has been removed
and has been replaced with "Tillamook Air Museum." We can't think
of a better way to draw attention to the museum. Bravo!! On the Beluga front...
On December 11, 2000 Beluga No. 5 took to the air for it's first test flight.
Beluga No. 3 has a new logo to replace the now missing "La Liberte."
We'll bring you the first pictures as soon as we receive them.
October 7, 2000 "Meet the Loadmasters of 941!" The
Loadmasters are responsible for the correct loading of the cargo NASA carries
on the Super Guppy and making sure it arrives safely at it's final destination!
In this update we get to meet them... We've added a new page off of the
377SGT page called "The Loadmasters of 941." On this page we'll
be featuring the cargo they'll be loading in future flights. Be sure to
check out the latest pictures including the T-38, the V131R (the non-flying
prototype of the X-38) and many others soon to be featured. While you're
on the Loadmasters' page, be sure to take a look at the recently completed
painting of the Super Guppy taking on a load at Ellington Field, Texas by
French artist Pierre Jodar!
September 30, 2000 "NASA's Super Guppy makes the cover
of FLYING magazine!" When NASA sent the Super Guppy N941 to Oshkosh,
Wisconsin for the 2000 AirVenture, they had to know it would make the biggest
splash! Now the World's Largest Homebuilt has made the cover of the October,
2000 issue of FLYING
magazine with two large photos inside. Stop by the 377SGT page to take a
look at the larger version of this cover shot and the two other photos featured
in the article. We have some special updates in the works which we'll be
posting in the coming week, so be sure and stop back soon!
August 11, 2000 "Amazing what you can find in your garage
after all these years!" We have just received this photo from a long-time
Guppy fan, Al Muller, USAF, Ret. who at the request of the crew of NASA's
N941, recently rediscovered this amongst some other photos he's taken! This
photo, taken in early October, 1965, is the first color picture we've seen
of the Super Guppy's final Velocity Dive on September 25, 1965. Stop by
the 377SG page to take a look at the larger version of this photo. Oh, yeah...
Be sure and stop by the "What if we" page to check out the B-747
Jumbo-Guppy. You won't want to miss this one!
June 29, 2000 "World's Largest Home-Built!" News Flash! We have learned
that NASA 941 will be one of the star attractions at this year's AirVenture,
at Oshkosk, Wisconsin, July 25-August 1. If you're in the area, stop by
and check it out. Beluga Number 5 is set to roll out of the factory this
December. Check back for future updates on latest member of the family of
Airbus transports. While you here, be sure to stop by the 377MG page to
finally learn what Erickson carried in the Mini Guppy.
May 5, 2000 "Now we know!" We've just received some
more photos of the Beluga No. 3 on static display at the Paris Air Show
in 1999. These shots show in greater detail the special paint scheme applied
to No. 3. Thus is answered the great mystery (at least to us and our readers),
as to what the red and blue spots really are. They're... Sorry, you'll
have to stop by the A300-600ST page to find that out!
March 10, 2000 "Beluga Aerobat?!" Today's a Beluga
kind of day. There's lots of new photos of several of the Beluga fleet.
There's even one of Number 3 showing it's stuff at the Paris Air Show
performing aerobatics! Well, technically speaking it's aerobatics. Cool
shot though. Stop by the A300-600ST page to see this and more!
February 5, 2000 "Open it again?!" The NASA 941 flew
into Los Alamitos again this week. Twice! The crew has had a very busy
week since leaving Houston on Monday. The guys on the crew left Houston
on Monday to drop off a load and pick up another one from the Boeing plant
here in Huntington Beach. We asked them what they were picking up. They
said, "I don't know... It's big and pretty heavy, too." Other
sources have confirmed it was the S-1 test article going to Houston for
storage. The Guppy and crew arrived on Wednesday and during their ''day
off'' on Thursday flew up to Travis Air Force base in Northern California
on a goodwill tour.
The local C-5 Galaxy personnel were agape with the Guppy's
unique capabilites on several fronts. According to the C-5 guys, the nose
"has to open UP, it can't open any other way." It wasn't until
the hinge on the SIDE of the fuselage was pointed out to them that they
agreed that the nose might open differently. The C-5 guys were also impressed
with the short amount of time it takes to load the Guppy (About an hour,
if pressed), it's simplicity ("Only five hydraulic systems?")
and of course, once the nose was opened, the Guppy's caverous interior
dimensions. We've added a couple of new photos to "The Crew of 941"
page. Stop by the 377SGT page to see the guys we missed last time!
December 19, 1999 "Take a Look!" Take advantage
of a rare oppourtunity to look inside the Mini Guppy! We're proud to present
a photo essay by Robert Boetke he shot during his visit to the Mini Guppy
at Tillamook Naval Air Station Museum. When the Air Museum officials made
a rare exception in Robert's case to tour the inside of the Mini, he brought
his camera along to share the experience with us. Stop by the Mini Guppy
page to take A Rare Tour of the Mini Guppy.
November 11, 1999 "A What?!" We're back and we've
brought some interesting and outragious stuff with us! It's a CL-44 kind
of day. Check out the AMERICAN AVIATION write up from 1969 on the CL-44
Guppy page. There's also an artist's rendition of what the CL-44 would
look like during construction. Then stop by the What if we... page and
check out the COLOSSUS! This was supposed to be a larger follow-up to
the CL-44 Guppy. Oh yeah, don't miss the Heli-Guppy. That's right, the
September 9, 1999 "Badges of Honor!" The Super Guppy
flew many missions for NASA before the SG was finally retired. It became
a tradition to add a sticker to the side of the SG for every mission that
the Guppy flew the components for. And there were a lot of them. But don't
just take our word for it, check it out for yourself on the 377SG page.
July 23, 1999 "La Liberté... At Last!" We've just
received the pictures of Beluga No.3's special "La Liberté" paint scheme!
When you look at the painting on the side of the Beluga, keep in mind
the size of the canvas it's painted on! Look for it on the A300-600ST
page. Don't miss the latest Beluga news... Airbus has proposed a novel
"self-loader" for what could be a sixth and possibly a seventh Beluga
as a part of the Royal Air Force's Short Term Strategic Airlifter (STSA)
June 24, 1999 "A Rough Week!" Apparently the original
Super Guppy was accidentally damaged recently when a Pima Museum worker
(new guy) ran into the SG with a forklift... Ouch! The aileron was destroyed
and the wing damaged. Stop by the 377SG page to see how it looked in late
May 1999. While you're there, take a look at the damage that was caused
to the rudder by a wind storm. The SG has had a rough year so far!
June 21, 1999 "What is Scale?" Here at All About
Guppys, we've thrown our two cents worth into the hat regarding the age
old question for the scale modeling community... What is Scale? This question
is often asked when judging a model's flight performance. Our contribution
is a video comparing our R/C Super Guppy and NASA 941 in almost identical
fly bys that we've added to the Movie section on the "Evolution of the
Super Guppy" page. The 377SG page has a new look! We've updated the title
picture and added a picture seen here for the first time of the original
NASA Super Guppy at Kennedy Space Center sporting a then new NASA paint
job. Don't miss the orignal concept for the Pregnant Guppy on the ''What
if we...'' page. And you thought the removable tail was complicated!
June 10, 1999 "Now That was Impressive!" NEWS FLASH!
This morning at 9:15 a.m., NASA Super Guppy N941NA took off from Los Alamitos
Army Airfield in California carrying the S-0 Truss and we were there!
This 44-foot truss or spine is generally considered the 'heart' of the
Space Station. In commeration of this historical event, we've added TWO
new pages off of the 377SGT page! First meet the men who make the Guppy
go on "The Crew of 941" page. The second is the "International Space Station"
page. This is a page dedicated to bringing you information about the ISS.
Oh, yeah... Don't miss the KILLER video of today's take off out of Los
Al! If you've never watched the Super Guppy take off in close proximity.
What a thrill! Look for the surprise too!
June 8, 1999 "The Day the Super Guppy Blew Her Top!"
"MAYDAY! Mayday! Mayday! This is 1038 Victor, the 'Super Guppy,' in flight
test over the Mojave Desert. We have had a major structural failure of
the upper nose section in a maximum dive and are preparing for bailout!"
Read the story of the day the Super Guppy's upper fuselage caved in during
the final dive test in 1965 as told by the pilot Lt. Col. P.G. Smith in
the April 1971 issue of AIR FORCE Magazine. Stop by the 377SG page to
find out how the crew saved the day and the Super Guppy!
May 30, 1999 "Last Seen in 1967!" See what AVIATION
WEEK & SPACE TECHNOLOGY has to say about the Mini Guppy. We've uncovered
an article originally published in the July 3, 1967 issue of AW&ST which
we have reproduced here! It has good technical information about the Mini
Guppy and lots of new pictures. Look for the thumbnail link to the new
series on the 377MG Mini Guppy page!
May 18, 1999 "La Liberté... By Super Transporter!"
It took no less than the belly of an A300-600 ST Beluga, the world's most
capacious aircraft, to air-lift from Roissy airport in France to Tokyo
via Bahrein and Calcutta one of the world's most famous paintings which
has hung in the Louvre in Paris since 1874! Coming soon! We interview
Robert "Bob" Libman, the Certification Test Pilot for the Pregnant Guppy!
Look forward to some great stories and new pictures too!
April 9, 1999 "Universal Guppy!" See who's really
a bigger star... Jean-Claude Van Damme or the Mini Guppy. We've just added
a clip from "Universal Soldier"; the only major motion picture to feature
a Guppy! Stop by the 377MG page to see the Mini Guppy in it's small but
very significant Hollywood debut! While you're there, check out the beautiful
picture of the Mini Guppy in it's Erickson colors which we've just received.
February 28, 1999 "Will it loop the loop?!" When
the NASA Super Guppy N941NA flew into Southern California on January 22,
1999 Orange County News was there with their cameras rolling! If you're
asking yourself "Who is Orange County News?" Go to the 'Movies' section
of the 377SGT page and check out the New "RealPlayer" additions! There's
a downloadable RealVideo of the OCN coverage and also a streaming RealAudio
interview with two of the pilots as they talk about flying the Super Guppy!
January 28, 1999 "What a shine!" Take a walk around
NASA Super Guppy N941NA in a new QuickTimeVR movie we've just created!
We met up with the crew of 941 during their first trip to California for
the International Space Station program to see the Guppy sporting it's
new paint scheme. Check out how good the Guppy looks from every angle
in the "Movies" section of the 377SGT page!
January 15, 1999 "New Look for 941!" We've just added
lots of really cool pictures of NASA's Super Guppy N941NA in her new colors!
Shortly after 12:00 on January 6, 1999 the crew of NASA 941 piloted their
freshly painted Guppy towards home in Houston, Texas and back to duty
ferrying International Space Station components. Check out the before
and after pictures on the "New Look for 941" page we've added off of the
January 7, 1999 "New Year, First Look!" As you can
see, NASA Super Guppy N941NA is sporting a shiny new look to carry her
crew into 1999! It was early in December when Leading Edge, a commercial
aircraft painter at the old Eaker AFB at Blytheville, Arkansas tackled
the challenging job of polishing and repainting NASA's Super Guppy! In
honor of the occasion, we're sporting a clickable link to a larger higher
resolution version of the picture seen on the Main page. Look for many
more pictures of NASA's Guppy's new paint job in the near future!
January 4, 1999 "New Year, New Look!" NASA Super
Guppy 941 has gotten a new paint job! Over the last month or so, Leading
Edge, a commercial aircraft painter at the old Eaker Air Force base has
been busy repainting NASA's Super Guppy! We will bring you pictures of
941's new paint scheme as soon as possible. In the meantime, stop by the
"What if we..." page to check out the six, eight, ten and even twelve-engine
Guppys! While there, keep an eye out for the "B-52 Strato-Guppy."
December 20, 1998 "It's Still Flying!" We're back!
Our web host folded one on December 15th with no word to their customers
(read "us"). We're sorry for any inconvience this has caused our readers.
We've recently received lots of new pictures of the CL-44-0 Guppy, now
called the "Skymonster" in all of it's different paint schemes from the
first to the last one! You will want to stop by the CL-44 Guppy page to
check out these pictures!
December 15, 1998 "We're Back!!" We have returned!
Our web host folded one on December 15th with no word to their customers
(read "us"). We're sorry for any inconvience this has caused our readers.
We've told you about the damage the original Super Guppy sustained during
the terminal dive testing portion of the flight trials, now see it! Stop
by the 377SG page to see just how big a hole it really was!
November 10, 1998 "You're not going to believe your eyes!"
See the inside of NASA's Super Guppy N941NA from almost every angle! We've
just added a QuickTimeVR Panorama taken from the cargo deck of 941 during
the loading operations for the International Space Station Project! Check
it out in the "Movie" section of the 377SGT page! See if you can spot
the C-123 Provider in the scene. We have lots of very nice pictures of
the Super Guppy's visits to California coming soon, we'll keep you posted.
October 14, 1998 "Parts, parts and more parts!" We
have just received these fantastic drawings of the Beluga! There are many
companies and people involved in building the Belugas. How many helicopters
can you fit in a Beluga? Stop by the A300-600ST page to find out! We again
must apologize for the lack of recent updates, but unfortunetly other
projects have needed our attention. Rest assured, we will be adding more
September 12, 1998 "It was a bad situation!" Editor's
note-We have decided that until the results of the investigation have
been released, we will refrain from putting any details of the incident
previously published here. We truly regret if any harm has come from this
news item. Our intention was only to inform. Please accept our apologies.
August 20, 1998 "What a sight to see!" There's lots
more to see of the Mini Guppy on the 377MG page! Check out the aerial
photo of the "Mini" before it's meeting with the blimp hanger at Tillamook
Naval Air Station Museum. A new link has also been added to the "Related
Links" page. See how the Super Guppy looks from above. They also have
pictures of lots of derelict B-52s. One even caught in the act of falling
off a truck!
August 11, 1998 "Kinda Funny Looking!" We've just
uncovered these pictures which show the difference between the XC-97 and
the YC-97! See for yourself by stopping by the "Aero Spacelines' Stratocruisers"
page. **Coming Soon** Very nice pictures of the Mini Guppy on the tarmac
at Tillamook Naval Air Station Museum!
August 8, 1998 "Virtual Super Guppy!" Take a walk
around NASA Super Guppy 941. A QuickTime Virtual Reality Moovie has been
added which was shot while the crew of NASA 941 was preparing to pick
up their historic first load for the International Space Station Project.
View the SGT from all sides in the "Movie" section on the 377SGT page...
It's almost like being there! **Bonus** More pictures of the original
Super Guppy at Pima AFB has been added to the 377SG page!
July 20, 1998 "Take That!" A new animated GIF has
been added to the title page (you might have already noticed) which shows
NASA 941 being loaded with the first sub-assembly for the International
Space Station Project! This series of pictures was taken on July 14th
at Los Alamitos Air Field, California.
July 17, 1998 "Better Safe than Sorry!" The crew
of NASA 941 was finally able to continue their mission to deliver the
first sub-assembly for the International Space Station when they took
off from MCAS El Toro, California today at 4:40pm. The crew wisely decided
to land at MCAS El Toro, about 45 miles south of Los Alamitos Air Field,
when a fire warning light came on shortly after take-off on Tuesday, July
14th. An attempt was made to depart yesterday, but a leaky pressure fitting
keep them grounded until today.
July 15, 1998 "The Adventure has begun!" NASA 941
flew into Los Alamitos Air Field, California on Sunday July 12th to pick
up it's first load for the International Space Station Project! The test
article was flown out on Tuesday July 14th on it's way to Kennedy Space
Center by way of Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Check out the latest pictures of the Mini Guppy at Tillamook added to
the 377MG page!
July 7, 1998 "The World's Largest Flying Whale!"
This just in! An in-flight video of the Beluga has been added to the A300-600ST
page. A special note to our loyal readers... Our apologies for the slow-down
in updates. We are currently researching more updates to be added shortly.
Keep checking back!
May 10, 1998 "They didn't want it?!" A new retirement
picture and more information about SGT No.2 has been added! Look for the
latest info on the 377SGT page in the SGT No.2 section. Currently under
construction is new website about the Goleta/Santa Barbara Air Heritage
April 27, 1998 "How much?!" We've just completed
a major revision to the A300-600ST "Beluga" page! We've added lots of
new artwork and pictures with some new information too. See it all on
the A300-600ST page!
April 22, 1998 "Super send-off?!" We've obtained
an original copy of Flight International's Holiday issue featuring Super
Guppy No.3's last flight for Airbus and have rescanned the 3 page article
in color to replace the original black and white images! Stop by the 377SGT
page and look for the new ''Super send-off'' of No.3. New page coming!
Currently under construction is a page about the Goleta/Santa Barbara
Air Heritage Museum. They need our help!
April 17, 1998 "How Many?!" We've recently found
some more rarely seen pictures of the prototype SGT during certification
testing. Check out the pictures of the tuft tests on the 377SGT page.
New page coming! Currently under construction is a page about the Goleta/Santa
Barbara Air Heritage Museum. They need our help!
April 16, 1998 "More Just for Fun!" As you can see,
we have a new title page animation. We've also added the same animation
in an AVI video format that's larger in size and at a higher resolution
for your viewing pleasure! Look for the new animation on the 377PG page
in the Movies section. Coming soon.... More updates about Airbus' fifth
Beluga and their four engine "Mega Transporter"!
April 7, 1998 "By a Nose!" More SGT construction
pictures have been found! These photos detail some of the work ASI did
to ready the nose sections of the 3rd and 4th SGTs. Look for them on the
"Building the SGT" page (off the 377SGT page).
March 30, 1998 "Nothing Small Here!" A new page has
been added detailing the planning and construction of the Super Guppy
Turbines with lots of new drawings, pictures and information! Look for
"Building the SGT" off of the 377SGT page. There's still tons more good
stuff coming soon!
March 26, 1998 "The Smallest Guppy!" A new drawing
of the Mini-Guppy commissioned by Aero Spacelines has been added! Look
for it on the 377MG page. We still have lots more goodies in the works!
March 20, 1998 "The Uncommon Solution!" See one of
the promotional brochures Aero Spacelines used to sell the "New" Super
Guppy! It's on the 377SGT page along with a cargo hold size comparision
added to the Drawings section.
March 15, 1998 "The Last Hurrah!" This just in! Read
about Super Guppy No.3's last flight to Finkenwerder, Germany. Look for
Flight International's 3-page article on the 377SGT page!
March 13, 1998 "Now that looks much better!" Check
it out! Fresh off the e-boat from jolly ol' England... Pictures of SGT
No.1 at the British Aviation Heritage in Bruntingthorpe! Look for them
on the 377SGT page. Can you imagine making the Guppy a museum with exibits
March 11, 1998 "The World's Largest Airplane!" New
technical drawings of the Super Guppy taken from the original ASI artwork
has been added to the 377SG page. A very interesting promotional flyer
has just been uncovered! We've added this to the 377SG page also.
March 4, 1998 "The Happiest Whale in the Sky!" Europe
loves the Belugas! New paintings have been added which introduce the cartoon
Beluga to this site. See the examples of Airbus' sense of humor about
the "Great White Whale" of the sky on the A600-300ST page.
March 1, 1998 "Take a Look Inside 941!" Take a Virtual
Tour of NASA 941! A new page has been added off of the 377SGT page with
lots of new pictures! Look for "Inside 941" (click on the thumbnail of
NASA 941 on the flightline). More still on the way!
February 24, 1998 "Building the Mini Guppy!" New
pictures have been added detailing the construction of the Mini Guppy!
See how ASI built the fuselage, and how little of the original C-97 fuselage
they used. Stop by the 377MG page. Now that the Olympics are finished
we will get back to our regular schedule of updates.
February 19, 1998 "Small Treasures in Many Places!"
This is a tossed salad day! Stop by the 377SGT page to see the new pictures
added there. See another picture of Erickson's Mini Guppy at Tillamook
on the 377MG page. And yet another obscure drawing has been added to the
''What if we'' page.
February 13, 1998 "And on to Huntsville!" New pictures
of the Pregnant Guppy have been uncovered! Stop by the 377PG page to see
the Pregnant Guppy during the construction of the upper fuselage.
February 5, 1998 "Just in from Finkenwerder!" New
pictures have been added showing SGT No.3 on display at the DASA plant
in Finkenwerder, Germany! Go to the 377SGT page to see a first look at
SGT No.3 since it's been retired. There's still lot's more to come!
January 30, 1998 "Johnson Space Center's Heavy Transport!"
NASA's Johnson Space Center now has a web page online! See an Awesome
movie with the in-flight film we told you about. There's also pictures
of SGT 941 and lots of information about the International Space Station.
January 28, 1998 "Nose Prang!" New pictures have
been added to the 377SGT page taken when SGT No.1's nosegear collapsed
after running off the runway! Also, more drawings have been added to the
''What if we....'' page.
January 25, 1998 "You've Got to See This!" A brand
new Guppy page has been put online with lots of Cool pictures never seen
before! There's also another Morphing Guppy video. Stop by the Related
Links page and go to the Goleta Air and Space Museum!
January 24, 1998 "Just for Fun!" Watch a Stratocruiser
change into the Pregnant Guppy before your very eyes! See the newly created
morphing video on the 377PG page. There's still lots more on the way!
January 20, 1998 "Spirit of Santa Barbara!" The first
of many New pictures to come has been added detailing the history of the
"Spirit of Santa Barbara"! Stop by the 377MG page to see the latest information.
January 17, 1998 "Steady Now!" New pictures have
been added to the 377PG & 377SGT pages! Check out these pages to see some
of the details that we've only talked about until now. More updates still
January 14, 1998 "May 12, 1970!" Exclusive information
and pictures about the 377MGT-1's accident taken directly from the official
accident reports! Stop by the 377MGT-1 page to learn what really happened
to the MGT. There's still lots more coming!
January 13, 1998 "Guppy Trivia!" There's more than
the Pregnant Guppy's heritage in NASA Guppy 941! Stop by the the 377SGT
page to see what we mean. New picture of Conroy's CL-44 Guppy just added,
see it on the CL-44 Guppy page!
January 11, 1998 "Aero Spacelines' Stratocruisers!" See
some of the Stratocruisers and C-97s owned by Aero Spacelines for use
in their Guppy program! See it on the New "Aero Spacelines' Stratocruisers"
page. Loads more still on the way!
January 9, 1998 "What if we...!" Check out the New
"What if we..." page featuring artist's drawings for some of Aero Spacelines'
aircraft you've seen before, and some you haven't! Lots more still coming!
January 3, 1998 "377MGT-1 Updates!" Lots of new pictures
and information added to the 377MGT-1 page! You won't believe your eyes!
Stop by the 377MGT-1 page. MORE still on the way!
December 31, 1997 "The Virgin Guppy!" See what the
Pregnant Guppy looked like before it was the Pregnant Guppy! Only on the
377PG page. You can also see N1038V (377SG) before she met the welder's
torch. Check the 377SG page. More GREAT stuff coming soon!
December 28, 1997 "NASA Super Guppy Updates!" The
377SG page has been extensively rewritten with lots of new historical
information about the 377SG Super Guppy. Check it out on the 377SG page.
Lots of new Guppy pictures and information coming soon. This stuff is
December 27, 1997 "Super Guppy No.3 takes out 2 trees!"
Super Guppy No.3 is now on display in front of the main entrance of
the DASA assembly plant in Finkenwerder. With a fresh paint job to boot!
For more details stop by the 377SGT page. Pictures of No.3 as it's displayed
to be added soon.
December 23, 1997 "The MEGA Transporter!" First look
at the MEGA Transporter! SATIC is considering the possiblity of an even
BIGGER Super Transporter based on the A340-300 airframe. See it on the
December 17, 1997 "Mini-Guppy Updates!" See the 377MG
Mini-Guppy as displayed at Tillamook NASM, new info added too. Check out
the 377MG page!
December 14, 1997 "New Super Guppy Video!" Including
take-off footage of SGT No.1 at Edwards AFB in California. Stop by the
December 11, 1997 "Updated Pregnant Guppy page!" Huge
revision of the 377PG Pregnant Guppy page. Almost completely rewritten
with loads of information about the Pregnant Guppy's origins.
December 6, 1997 "More SGT Updates and New Links too!"
New links to strange and faraway places have been added to the Related
Links page. There are some real goodies in there. For the latest updates
about NASA's acquisition of 941, stop by the 377SGT page.
December 5, 1997 "Fire!" Check out the new pictures
and information about some of the Pregnant Guppy's mishaps. Stop by the
Pregnant Guppy page to see the latest updates.
November 24, 1997 "Latest Pics of NASA's Super Guppy
941" Update! Check out the latest pictures of NASA's Super Guppy 941.
Also an insider's look at the Guppy, giving more detailed information
about 941. Stop by the 377SGT page for this and more!
November 21, 1997 "Updated Mini Guppy Turbine page!"
A drive is under way to bring the original NASA Super Guppy 377SG,
back to Santa Barbara, California as a memorial to Jack Conroy! Stop by
the 377SG Super Guppy page for more details.
Update!..Check the 377MGT page, new information added about the
tragic crash of the 377MGT.
November 19, 1997 "Super Guppy Goes Home!"
(hopefully) A drive is under way to bring the original
NASA Super Guppy 377SG, back to Santa Barbara, California as a memorial
to Jack Conroy! Stop by the 377SG Super Guppy page for more details. And
while your there, why not browse through the updated information just
November 15, 1997 "The Guppys Live On!" A CL-44 Guppy
page has been added to this site! This is a new page with lots of information
about Jack Conroy's last Guppy aircraft conversion. Conroy continued the
Guppy legecy with the CL-44 Guppy, an outsize cargo aircraft based on
the Canadair CL-44. More details inside.
November 13, 1997 "Okay now, lets get together on this"
In order to ease any future confusion regarding NASA's original Super
Guppy and NASA's new Super Guppy, this site will follow suit with Johnson
Space Center in referring to Super Guppy #4 by it's N number; N941 ,NASA
941 or 941. 941 is currently undergoing refurbishment in preparation for
it's new mission ferrying components for the International Space Station
from around the world to the United States for final assembly.
November 5, 1997 "A well deserved rest!" Super Guppy
#3 landed about one and half weeks ago in Finkenwerder, just outside of
Hamburg, Germany. It is the first airplane and crown jewel in a small
aviation museum near Airbus Industrie's final assembly plant for the A319/320/321.
All other Airbus aircraft are assembled in Toulouse, France.
November 3, 1997 "So much for water conservation!"
NASA's Super Guppy had it's first bath since landing in Houston. Can you
imagine washing the Super Guppy? If you really wanted to punish someone,
have them go after the Guppy with a toothbrush and buffing rag!
October 24, 1997 "Again?!... Roger that." The Guppy
performed a series of touch and goes from Ellington Field, Houston, Texas
with a T-38 flying chase during one flight for an in-flight photo session.
October 23, 1997 "Houston...The Guppy has landed!"
October 23, 1997 Super Guppy #4 landed in Houston, Texas to a hero's welcome
in preparation for it's new mission; ferrying components for the International
Space Station Program.
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