Super Guppy delivers shuttle mock-up to Seattle

  • Mon Jul 2nd, 2012 9:04am
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Herald staff and Associated Press

Did you see the Super Guppy fly over Snohomish County on Saturday? Reader Dave VanKeuren saw it during its fly-over at Paine Field and sent us the photo above.

The unusually large cargo plane was carrying a full-scale plywood mock-up of a space shuttle to Boeing Field in Seattle.

With cargo space that is 25 feet tall, 25 feet wide and 111 feet long, the Guppy was uniquely equipped to carry the Space Shuttle Trainer.

Seattle’s Museum of Flight placed fifth in a competition to land the four retired space shuttles. So NASA awarded the museum with the trainer.

Museum officials said that by October visitors will be able to walk through the trainer to see where astronauts trained for their missions.