Great White Whale To Fly Into Oshkosh

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The most voluminous air cargo carrier flying in the world today, Airbus's A300-600ST "Beluga," will make its first visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this summer. The Beluga, designed as a successor to the "Super Guppy," is a highly modified Airbus A300 jetliner. "We are excited about welcoming the Beluga to Oshkosh for the first time," said EAA President and AirVenture Chairman Tom Poberezny. "This massive airplane is unlike anything else in the world." The aircraft has a 47-ton payload and a main-deck volume greater than the U.S. Air Force C-5 or C-17 cargo planes, or the massive Antonov AN-124 from Russia. The Beluga can carry up to 1,500 cubic meters of freight up to 900 nautical miles. The main cargo deck is 23 feet high and 123 feet long, and can handle a cylindrical object (such as another airplane fuselage) up to 70 feet in length. The Beluga cruises at about 510 miles per hour at up to 35,000 feet. The beast is scheduled to arrive at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh on Monday, July 28, and bask on the main AeroShell Square showcase ramp until Monday, Aug. 4.