The first Super Transporter, designed to replace the Super Guppys, flew on September 13, 1994. The A300-600ST was certified in October 1995, after 335 test hours and went into service in January 1996. The second Beluga first flew on March 26, 1996 and the third on April 21, 1997. The Belugas took over the complete ferrying operations for Airbus major assemblies in October 1996.
With its internal diameter of 7.62m, the Beluga can of carry a set of A340 wings or two pairs of wings for the A320. Another planned load is a complete first stage for the European Ariane 4 payload launch vehicle.
| MODEL||A 300-600ST|
| ENGINE||2 x General Electric CF6 turbofans|
| Take-off weight||150000 kg||330695 lb|
| Length||56.16 m||184 ft 3 in|
|A three-view drawing (456 x 516)|
|Anik Roy, 15.12.2014|
What a Aircraft!!!
|Al Michael, 11.10.2010|
I'm surprised to see that this aircraft has only two engines.
Also, when I look at it's head-on view, I can't help but wonder how such an un-aerodynamically looking AC can fly.
|vishal krishna, 11.07.2008|
the super transporter is cute in its looks and looks like it is a milestone in aeronautics
|Richard Shirley, 05.06.2008|
What is the max height of a load that can be put in the cargo bay, not counting the load cradle.
|Jewel James Japay, 17.10.2007|
Well, uhm the Super transporter Beluga looks like the Super Guppy of NASA but in a jet turbine. Well I have to ask in which is bigger Boeing's Dream Carrier or Airbus' Super transporter Beluga? thats all
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