From: David Lednicer <email@example.com> Date: 10 Nov 93 00:02:53 PST Followups: 1
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In a recent posting, someone asked about airplanes that Airbus has on the burner. The respondent forgot to mention the Guppy replacement that Airbus is building for its own use. The aircraft will be based upon the A300-600, with a grossly enlarged upper lobe for carrying sub assemblies between the production sites in Europe. The cockpit will be from an A320(?), slung down slightly beneath the rest of the cockpit, to allow large clamshell doors above it, for straight in loading of the upper lobe. I understand that four will be built and that the first one is in assembly right now. These aircraft will replace the Guppies, which are modified Boeing 367/377s (some components are from Stratocruisers and some from KC-97s). The engines of the Guppies are Allison 501s removed from P-3 Orions. As we say around Seattle - every Airbus first takes flight on a Boeing! -Dave Lednicer Analytical Methods, Inc.