'Super Guppy' delivers Space Shuttle trainer to Seattle

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on June 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 30 at 7:38 PM

SEATTLE - The unusually large cargo plane carrying a full-scale plywood mock-up of a space shuttle crew cabin has arrived in Seattle.

Puget Sound residents got a glimpse of the so called Super Guppy as it flew at low altitude around the region before heading to Boeing Field.

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.

"The lesson learned here is when we come together in Washington state, we can land the big whale right behind me," said Gov. Chris Gregoire.

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

 

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