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Old May 30, 2007, 8:03 AM   #11
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reminds me of Dolphine with over developed Cranium.Aeronautical engineers must have been inspired by Dolphin Aerodynamics shape
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Old May 30, 2007, 8:29 AM   #12
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Thanks for the comments. It is actually a fully working plane, not a test or prototype of any sorts, I am not entirely sure how many there are but definately at least 5 of them.

They are used by Airbus to transport the Airbus A340 wings to the factory, I also believe they are used to move bits of the space station and other 'big' stuff around the world, they have a bigger interior than either the C5 Galaxy, the An-124 or the C-17 airlifters.

The wings are loaded into the front as it opens like a huge mouth:



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Old May 30, 2007, 10:05 AM   #13
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reminds me of Dolphine with over developed Cranium.Aeronautical engineers must have been inspired by Dolphin Aerodynamics shape
Its insired by the Beluga, which is of course a type of whale. Throw the name into google and have a look.
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That could make a great flying tennis court with grand stand seatd :idea:

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Nice photos of a very unusual plane. I kept wondering where I had heard the name Beluga before until I read your last post about the whale. Not hard to know understand why the name of the plane. Thanks for sharing this unusual plane with us.
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