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#893422 by clanger
23 Jan 2015, 21:59
Saw the weirdest thing today at Chester airport...I had no idea this sort of thing existed. I tried to take a pic but it didn't come out well. Sorry this is terribly nerdy but I've no one else to tell.......the Airbus Beluga...!!! Apparently it transports wings...anyway, sorry but had to share, I was quite excited to see it. How on earth does it fly; the wings looked so small..and what huge overhead lockers the pilots must have...
#893423 by tontybear
23 Jan 2015, 22:12
Here is a pic I just googled off the web

yes very weird looking but flies!

It got it's name from the Beluga Whale.

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#893428 by hazban
23 Jan 2015, 22:33
Airbus have a fleet of A300 based Beluga transporters which are used to ferry major components to the assembly plants in Europe.
They are also developing 5 new versions based on the A330 to match increased demand as they ramp up production of the A350 XWB.
As you say they look extremely odd but are ideal for their purpose.
#893440 by 747 G-VROS
24 Jan 2015, 02:10
Wow...looks even stranger than the 747 Dreamlifter.....which performs the same function, only for Boeing.

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