The Beluga aircraft actually looks like a Beluga Whale due to the fact that it was modified to carry large cargo. It is similar to the Antonov An124-100.
“The Beluga is capable of carrying loads of up to 47 tons over a distance of 900 nautical miles. Lighter loads can be transported over much longer distances.” This shows that the Airbus Transport International 300-600ST Beluga class aircraft are capable of transporting large cargo amounts for long distances.
The Airbus Transport International corporation specializes in carrying large and heavy payloads for its subsidiary Airbus, for government entities and the commercial aircraft industry. The Beluga takes on contracts to transport large fuselage, launch vehicles, satellites, and large aircraft parts.”The Beluga has regularly transported the fuselage sections of an A340, the wings of the Airbus A340, or two winglets of the A320.”
This aircraft, at one point, carried a record-breaking chemical tank and its supports weighing in at 45 tons. It has also carried an aluminum fuel tank that was 9m in length for the NASA X-33 Venture Star Spacecraft.
5 new Beluga aircraft, which will be bigger than the existing aircraft, are in production and should be ready by 2020. This aircraft totally deserves all of the attention it receives.
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