Inside 941

"The Guppy", parked on the flightline at NASA Hanger 990, Ellington Field, Houston, Texas.
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This is the hydraulic control panel used in controling the autolocks which lock the nose and fuselage together. Notice the safety bars over the control knobs.
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View of the forward lower cargo bay taken from the front looking aft. On the left you can see the entry door. The large yellow bar on the right can be used to assist in closing the nose if needed. On the left floor, notice the yellow tow bar. The silver item in the center is the cargo winch. The large white cabinet is the power distribution cabinet. The red lines leading from the floor to the ceiling are bungee cords used to keep the winch pulley from jumping. The bulkhead seen behind the winch is the fuel cell. The orange line at the bottom on the floor is the nose/fuselage seal.
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This is the port Outrigger Fuselage Support. Notice the hand crank and cable used to raise and lower the support. The orange rubber seal you see is the actual seam for sealing the nose/fuselage.
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The starboard Outrigger Fuselage Support and Nose Door Drive Motor (surrounded by the yellow platform) are seen in this picture. The Drive Motor is used when opening and closing the nose during cargo operations.
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This is the lower ladder leading from the lower cargo bay to the cockpit, taked looking forward from just in front of the forward entry door standing between the Forward Fuselage Outriggers. The large ratchet/socket wrench seen on the right is used to loosen the bolts that hold the nose and fuselage together, with an equally large torque wrench, not seen here, which is used to re- tighten the bolts after closing the nose door. The long yellow rod you see on the left is used to hold the nose wheel at a set angle when closing the nose.
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This picture is taken looking up from the lower cargo bay (it's not really a cargo bay, it's actually the entrance for the aircraft). The seat seen through the access door is the flight engineer's seat. The small ladder is on the mid-deck platform. The mid-deck platform is an open area below the cockpit where all of the flight control cables transverse.
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View of the forward cockpit area, taken from the rear of the cockpit just in front of the cargo bay door. The visibilty for the pilots is excellent.
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This picture shows the instrument panel and radio control console taken from the flight engineer's station. The red handled control is the Gust Lock, this is used to lock the flight control surfaces in place on the ground to prevent them from getting slammed around in high winds when the aircraft is parked. Also seen are the engine power controls.
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The nosewheel steering is on the pilot's side of the cockpit only. Steering couldn't be easier. The red handle seen just below the nose steering wheel is the steering engage/disengage lever.
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Seen here is the observer's seat located behind and just to the left of the pilot's seat. The silver cannister is the crew coffee pot.
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This is the flight engineer's seat. Directly behind the FE's seat you can see the door leading to the cargo bay. To the left and right of the door is the aft area seating.
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This picture shows the starboard aft area seating. On the right is the cargo bay door, with the emergency exit seen to the left of the seats. Just seen on the bottom right portion of the picture is a part of the cockpit entry ladder well.
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Seen here is the port aft area seating with work table and jump seat.
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This is the cargo bay seen just inside of the cargo bay door looking aft. On both sides of the picture are the emergency exits which lead out over the wings.
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This is the cargo bay as seen from the rear looking forward. The yellow boxes on the floor are the hydraulic auto locks used to lock the Guppy pallets in place for flight. The red line on the floor is one of the hatches leading down to the rear cargo bay. The line running up the center of the floor is the winch cable used to pull cargo in or out of the Guppy.
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