Super Guppy Transport Cargo Aircraft Capabilities

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Super Guppy Cargo Aircraft

Super Guppy Cargo Aircraft

NASA Super Guppy transports are large cargo aircraft that can move smaller airplanes. Nearly 50 feet long, the Super Guppy has a large cargo bay and a hinged nose that opens wide enough to fit two T-38 trainers.

During the Cold War and the Space Race, a California aerospace company called Aero Spacelines Industries designed the Super Guppy so that NASA could transport satellite and spacecraft components. The alternative was to transport large, heavy mission-critical systems to Cape Canaveral by barge.

NASA purchased the B377SG Super Guppy in 1981. As a cargo aircraft, this unusual looking airplane has a 25-foot diameter bay along with a pressurized cockpit. The plane resembles a silver fish, but belongs aloft and in flight rather than in or under the ocean.

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Christopher "Patches" Norton is a Retired 20 year United States Air Force Master Sergeant. Chris also served 5.5 years as the Lead Loadmaster on the Super Guppy Transport at NASA Johnson Space Center. Chris was Disability Retired from NASA in 2012 following an injury on a Super Guppy mission. As a Veteran, Chris turned to the Veterans Administration medical system for assistance and this is where this story really begins. What Chris seen at the Houston, TX VA Hospital left him with an urgent feeling and need to give back. But just as the Bible says, it's better to teach a man to fish than give him one. Chris searched and found the Empower Network and saw how he could bring help to 100's, 1000's and even tens of 1,000's in a powerful way. Although all of us have different challenges, Chris saw believes the Empower Network WILL work for anyone... and CLICKING RIGHT HERE is how it starts!!!

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