AirBus Beluga Transporter Plane by AnnDixon

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Taken in Chester England.
This is know locally as the Dolphin, it flies low over our house 4 times a day, two to the airbus factory and two back, the factory is only 5 miles away, I was nearby the river one day and it was so low I felt I could almost reach up to it, its HUGE !! Its is much larger than a Jumbo Jet as it carries the wings for the A380 new plane,


The Airbus Transport International subsidiary of Airbus operates a fleet of five A300-600ST known as Belugas – one of the world’s largest cargo carriers. These aircraft perform regular airlift duties for Airbus, carrying fuselage sections and wings between the different European production sites, and they also are made available for chartered commercial flights.

A wide range of commercial charter missions have been performed by Airbus Transport International, from airlifting a 17.6-metre-long x 6.5-metre-diameter chemical tank weighing 39 metric tonnes to transporting a large French masterpiece painting.

Space hardware manufacturers use the Beluga for reliable charter flights with payloads that have included space station modules, launch vehicle hardware and the most delicate satellite payloads. A pallet-mounted heating module provides a comfortable environment for spacecraft and other cargo that requires temperature-controlled conditions.

In addition, the Beluga offers unique transport capabilities for the military airlift market, providing the largest main deck cargo compartment of any aircraft available today.

The Beluga is a highly modified version of the A300-600 and features one of the widest fuselage cross-sections of any aircraft, civil or military. Its main deck cargo volume is greater than the Lockheed C-5A Galaxy, Antonov AN-124 and Boeing C-17. Tailored for the transport of heavy and voluminous cargo loads, the Super Transporter is able to carry a payload of 47 metric tonnes (103,616 lb.) over a range of 900 nautical miles (1,667 km).


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  • brirose55
    brirose55almost 5 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you so very much Brian, xx

    – AnnDixon

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 5 years ago

    I’ve never seen anything like this! What an unusual aircraft. Great capture, Ann.

  • Thank you so very much Mike, its quite a site, it passes over every weekday, xx

    – AnnDixon

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 5 years ago

    Sorry – forgot to add that the great write-up is very informative. Thanks!

  • I like to read the info, thank you xx

    – AnnDixon

  • Smudger
    Smudgeralmost 5 years ago

    beats me how these fly great shot

  • Thank you so very much Steve, it passes over here every weekday, xx

    – AnnDixon

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98almost 5 years ago

    What an amazing aircraft – and only two engines, despite some of the loads it must be called on to carry. Terrific photo and a very informative and much appreciated write up. Hugs. Peter

  • Thank you so very much Peter, it is a HUGE aircraft, one gets so used to seeing it, xx

    – AnnDixon

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 5 years ago

    You can see how it got its name , great shot Ann x

  • Thank you so very much Irene, yes you can for sure,xx

    – AnnDixon

  • billfox256
    billfox256almost 5 years ago

    Makes you wonder how it gets airborne. It must be a real brute to handle. This is one terrific capture!!!!, Bill

  • Thank you so very much Bill, it flies very low both going and coming, it passes over every weekday, xx

    – AnnDixon

  • Nigel Donald
    Nigel Donaldalmost 5 years ago

    Nicely captured

  • Thank you so very much Nigel, xx

    – AnnDixon

  • sfmilner
    sfmilneralmost 5 years ago

    Greetings Ann; Wonderful capture, well done !

  • Thank you so very much Steve, xx

    – AnnDixon

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 5 years ago

    Is this the same type we used to call “The Guppy” at Stansted Airport? It looks slightly larger. Good Image Anne, nice capture.

  • Thank you so very much Edward, I have heard of one called the Guppy but not seen it, xx

    – AnnDixon

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