Tinker Finished Refurbishing NASA’s "Super" Large Aircraft

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Stamped with Tinker’s proverbial seal of approval, the Super Guppy returned Jan. 16 to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

NASA’s B-377-SG/SGT-4 Super Guppy arrived at Tinker in April 3, 2008 for a programmed depot maintenance-like inspection. Yet, when inspectors examined the aircraft, they noticed significant corrosion and suggested the aircraft be refurbished.

"The Guppy has never had a PDM or any kind of extensive inspection since NASA has owned it," said Debra Bennett, 565th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron lead Super Guppy project pre-planner. "This has been a very interesting opportunity. It's been fun, challenging and at times crazy, but it's a part of history and I’m glad to be a part of it."

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