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09 January 2007

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Actually, our use of the "Super Guppys" pre-dated Airbus' use. NASA (the originator of the convoluted supply chain) used the Guppy and Super Guppy in the 1960's to ferry outsized components from around the country.
I remember all this because I grew up in Long Beach, CA in the 1960's and it seemed that once a week, you would see a Super Guppy land and take off from Long Beach Airport. There is a pretty good (but somewhat long) article about this airplane in American Heritage Magazine titled: Pregnant Guppy: The Strange Epic of the Ugly Airplane That Got Us to the Moon. Here is the link: http://www.americanheritage.com/articles/magazine/it/2002/4/2002_4_30.shtml

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