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102 Vehicles: Cargo Transport

Guppy Bulk Air Transport (TL7)

Summary: 100.00 displacement ton cylinder airframe; 167 tonnes; MCr 6.35 Chassis: 1400 kL cylinder airframe (27 m long x 8.1 m wide x 8.1 m high, wingspan 50 m); Structure: 6.66 tonnes of light alloy, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.04 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 10.0 MW TL5 imp. internal combustion engine; Fuel: 12.5 kL of high-grade hcarb (12.5 tonnes), 10 hours supply Propulsion System: 10.0 MW aircraft; Maximum Speed: 310 km/h loaded, 611 km/h unloaded; Take-Off Speed: 201 km/h loaded, 81 km/h unloaded; Runway Length: 787 m loaded, 85 m unloaded; Take-Off Time: 28 s loaded, 7 s unloaded; Range: 3097 km loaded, 6091 km unloaded; Agility: +3DM (0.2G); Crew: Crew roster: pilot, co-pilot, engineer, navigator; 4 crew stations Sanitary facilities; Hatches: 2 manual, 2 power Communications: Continental Radio (1.00 kW, TL7, SmVcl); Range: 3000 km Sensors: Active Subregional Radar (100 W); Range: 10 km; Resolution: 50 cm per km of range Other: Safety Features: fire suppression system 1332 kL of cargo space (100 tonnes)

High-paced industrial development frequently requires fast transport of bulk goods. When rail is impractical and sea too slow, the Guppy fills the gap. Their cavernous cargo holds filled with up to 100 tonnes of high-priority freight, Guppies are a common sight on low-tech industrial

worlds. The Guppy’s operational range of 3000 km covers most transcontinental



routes, during which continuous radio contact with its home base can be maintained. Its low runway requirements ensure that the Guppy can operate out of most airports.

© Robert Prior, 1998.

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