The Super Guppy Airbus By NASA
The Boeing 377SG Super Guppy flew for the first time on 31 August 1965.
Without the Super Guppy, the only other way to get NASA's Apollo rocket stages
from California to Florida was on a slow boat through the Panama Canal. The
Super Guppy cut not just days, but weeks and months out of the schedules. Of
course, this success was also its downfall. Once the Apollo and Skylab programs
were terminated, dwindling public interest in the space program forced cutbacks
in funding. In an attempt to keep the company afloat, Aero Spacelines had to
look for commercial applications for the Guppy.