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Lyndon B.Johnson Space Center Houston,Texas77058 AC713 483-5t 11

Charles Redmond

For Release

RELEASE NO:

78-58

December 18, 1978

SUPER"GUPPY TO DELIVER SHUTTLE TRAINING EQUIPMENT TO JSC

One of the world's unique freiqht airplanes, the Super

Guppy, will be delivering a high-fidelity Shuttle Orbiter crew compartment

mockup

to

Ellington

Air

Force

Base

Wednesday

morning.

This

marks

the

first time that the Super Guppy has ever been used for the delivery

of Space Shuttle equipment.

The crew mockup, a detailed model of the cockpit and living

quarters for NASA's Space Shuttle Orbiter, will be installed in one of

the

training

areas

at

the

Johnson

Space

Center.

The

mockup

will

be

used

for

familiarization

training

for

the

Shuttle

crews.

The

mockup,

a

non-working version, weighs 24,000 pounds and was built by Rockwell

International, the prime contractor for the Space Shuttle Orbiter.

The Orbiter crew compartment mockup will be loaded on the

Super Guppy at Los Alamitos Naval Air Station, near Los Angeles, on

Tuesday morning and flown to Ellington with refueling stops scheduled

at

Davis-Monthan

AFB,

Tucson,

and

Dyess

AFB,

Abilene.

The

Super

Guppy is expected to land at Ellington around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

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