Wednesday, August 13, 2008

2 Gigantic Airplanes

The Airbus Beluga is a version of the standard Airbus A300 wide-body airliner, modified to carry aircraft parts and over-sized or awkward cargo. It was officially called the Super Transporter at first, but the name Beluga became popular and has now been adopted as official. The Beluga’s freight compartment is 7.4 metres in diameter and 37.7 metres long; maximum payload is 47 tons.

Construction began in September 1992, and the first flight took place in September 1994. After 335 hours of test flying, certification was awarded in September 1995.

50% of the engines that provide the power to lift this mighty beast, can be seen in this picture

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