Airbus A300-600ST Super Transporter
The A300-600st Super Transporter was intended to supplant Airbus Industrie's Super Guppy transports, utilized by the consortium to ship oversize segments, for example, wings and fuselage areas between Airbus' accomplices' plants all through western Europe.
Improvement of the A300-600st, nicknamed Beluga furthermore Super Flipper, started in August 1991. The A300-600st's tight advancement program - for what from various perspectives is adequately another air ship - saw the vehicle take off in June 1994, with its first flight on September 13 that year. The A300-600st then entered a 400 hour flight test project which built up and finally finished in mid 1995, with affirmation granted that September and with conveyance and passage into administration with Airbus in January 1996. The majority of the initial four on request had been conveyed by mid 1998 (permitting the Super Guppy's retirement in October 1997). The fifth Super Transporter is booked to be conveyed in 2001.
The A300-600st is focused around the A300-600 air transport, with which it imparts the wing, lower fuselage, primary undercarriage and cockpit. The primary contrasts are clear - a lump fundamental deck, new forward lower fuselage, new developed tail with winglets and an upwards pivoting principle payload entryway. An outline investigation of a comparably designed A340, the A340st Mega Transporter, to convey A3xx segments is underway.
Program administration of the A300-600st is the obligation of the Special Aircraft Transport Company, or SATIC, a monetary enthusiasm gathering shaped on a 50/50 premise by Aerospatiale and DASA working in the interest of Airbus Industrie. While a great part of the work on the flying machine is performed by the Airbus accomplices, other European organizations are likewise included in the project.
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