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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

At the air show

At the air show

This was back in 1972 or 1973, that's my dad in the middle, I'm on the left suffering from a headache or needing a V8, my brother on his right. I think this air show was at Point Mugu near Camarillo, California. Or at Van Nuys Airport. Despite my unhappy look I loved these shows as a kid. Can anyone help with what kind of cargo plane that is in the background?

Flying Guppy

This Guppy was also flown into Huntsville, Alabama. It flew the Instrument Unit built by IBM to the Cape. It was a real sight to see it take off. You'd think it wasn't going to make it.

I was there too!

Yes, it was either 1972 or 1973. A bunch of us from Northrop Tech in Inglewood drove out to that show. I clearly remember the F-14 parked next to the Guppy, it was the first time I had seen both aircraft in person. There was a live fire display at the show, with missiles being fired from an F-4 in front of the crowd out over the ocean.

More Info

More info on The Stinger (and a strange tale featuring Deke Slayton's ghost) can be found here.

Stinger

The Formula 1 racer in the foreground looks like Art Williams's "Stinger" race plane. It would have been only about a year old at the time the photo was taken. Pretty sure it is in a museum now. I think its last racer-owner was astronaut Deke Slayton.

NASA Super Guppy

The Super Guppy, the smaller Guppy, the civilian Stratocruiser and its military counterpart the C-97 were all based on the WWII Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber. The B-29 had four Wright Cyclone R-3350-R23 turbocharged engines. The early Guppy was equiped with four Pratt & Whitney R-4360's, the Super Guppy is Allison 501-D22C turboprop-powered.

S-IVB Transport

NASA used this plane to transport the third stage of the Saturn V, called the S-IVB, from the plant to the Cape. It was the only stage small enough to be flown - the first and second stages were moved by barge.

The earlier Guppy

The previous Guppy was the Pregnant Guppy which I saw at the airport in Long Beach, California, sometime shortly after it made its first flight in 1962. Aero Spacelines used surplus KC-97 Stratotankers for the basic building blocks. The PG was really something to see taking off. The Long Beach airport at that time was still a major aviation center and one of the busiest in the world, but today nobody wants an airport in their backyard (so don't buy a house near the airport!)

It's a Supper Guppy.

It's a Supper Guppy. - Mike

[As opposed to the earlier, less successful Breakfast Guppy. - Dave]

NASA Super Guppy

NASA "Super Guppy" transport.

 
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