Airbus' Beluga: Inside The World's Strangest-Looking Airplane

Each of the five Belugas in operation are, actually, Airbus A300-600 jets that have been modified to carry large cargo.

(CNN) -- If you ever find yourself in the French city of Toulouse, you might just see one of the oddest-looking aircraft in the world.

Popularly known as the "Beluga," because of its strong resemblance to the white Arctic whale, the Airbus A300-600ST (ST stands for Super Transporter) is unique not only in appearance, but also for the essential role it performs in European aviation.

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