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Aero Spacelines Super Guppy Turbine F-BTGV

The Super Guppy Turbine and its predecessors, the Pregnant Guppy/Super Guppy, were large, wide-bodied aircraft, designed specifically to transport outsize cargo for NASA’s Apollo and Gemini missions. Its unique size, shape and hinged opening allowed it to transport machinery that no other aircraft could carry - making it possible for the United States to pull ahead in the Space Race.

Designed by Aero Spacelines, the Guppies did what no other aircraft could do - transport NASA’s Saturn rockets from other parts of the country to Cape Canaveral, Florida. Before their introduction, rockets and outsized cargo were transported by sea through the Panama Canal, taking nearly three weeks and often resulting in damaged components. The Guppies could carry these supersized loads in a matter of hours.


Our plane (serial number 0001) was the first of only four Super Guppy Turbines built and originally held the registration N211AS. In 1971, after being sold to Airbus Industrie, she was registered as F-BTGV. Airbus then used her to transport aircraft parts from different parts of Europe to the Airbus assembly plant in Toulouse, France. F-BTGV was retired in June 1996 after being replaced by the Airbus Beluga and stored at Bruntingthorpe Airfield & Proving Ground in the UK. MotoArt was able to preserve the colorful skin of this historic aircraft, with the assistance of South Wales Aviation Museum, who will be restoring and displaying the cockpit.

Our Super Guppy PlaneTags are available now and ready to ship today. Add one to your collection!



  • Manufacturer: Aero Spacelines
  • Tail #: F-BTGV
  • Crew: 4
  • Cargo Bay Dimensions: 111 FT × 25 FT × 25 FT
  • Wing Span: 156 FT 3 IN
  • Empty weight: 101,500 LB
  • Height: 48 FT 6 IN


  • Max Takeoff: 170,000 LB
  • Range: 1,734 MILES
  • Cruise Performance: 294 KTS at 20K
  • Ceiling: 25,000 FT
  • Max Speed: 250 KN (290 mph, 460 km/h)
  • Engine: 4 × Allison 501-D22C turboprops


    Handcrafted Aviation Collectibles

    PlaneTags are: 

    • Authentic - made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. 
    • Unique -  each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. 
    • Collectible - each one is numbered in a limited edition and comes attached to a display card. 
    • Versatile - comes with a durable metal ring, strong enough to attach to luggage or keys or display.

    - Please Note: Due to limited quantities, combination colors you may receive will vary.

    *Important Notice – Please Read Carefully

    PlaneTags are made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. Because PlaneTags are made from real fuselage, each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. These variations and imperfections are not product flaws. They are part of the beauty of PlaneTags. As a result, you will not have an option to select the color of your PlaneTag. The images on this website are provided for reference only and should not be used as the sole basis for choosing a particular PlaneTag.

    Caution: Not recommended for children under 8 years of age. This product contains chemical-based paint which may cause respiratory irritation if ingested or inhaled in large quantities. Keep out of mouth.

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      Anton T.
      Russia Russia

      Unfortunately still haven't recieved it yet

      I don't know how was my experience because I didn't have it

      Kevin C.
      Belgium Belgium

      Quality of the material and the engraving is just top notch!

      Compared to the competitions attempt to make tags of this unique aircraft, MotoArt succeeded in offerring a much better product, both in terms of the materials, finishing and the quality and details of the engravings.

      William T.
      United States United States

      Superb Guppy

      Nothing bad to say about this one. It's great to have a piece of a very unique aircraft!

      Rusty D.
      United States United States

      Super Guppy

      Excellent piece ,on of my favorite airplanes . Very happy with this tag !!

      Juergen P.
      Germany Germany

      Coloured flight history

      It was quite good feeling receiving this piece of flight history for my collection.

      Ognyan M.
      Bulgaria Bulgaria

      Owning a piece of history

      Very nice memorabilia, bought one for my wife's birthday, it's been hanging on her backpack since. I'm afraid the front paint will peel off, but nothing like that yet.

      Roy C.
      Canada Canada

      Super Guppy! Super Tag!

      Another fabulous job by MotoArt!

      Richard B.
      United States United States

      Plane Tags

      Smooth purchase and great product!

      Frederic O.
      France France

      This is a must have !

      This is a bit special for me as worked gor this airlines, so i couldn’t let such an opportunity ! I bought without any doubt. I very proud to hold one.

      Tom C.
      United States United States

      Nice piece of aviation history

      Always great to add to my collection

      Lee C.
      United States United States

      Super Guppy

      Wow, Being a kid that followed the space program and still having newspaper clippings of these things dropping off rockets, it is so awesome to have a piece of the program in my hand,

      Theodore W.
      United States United States

      Super Guppy Super Plane

      This plane and the sister ships were very unique. Would like to see more history about plane before it became a super guppy - i.e. B377 or C-97?

      Robert V.
      United States United States

      Super Guppy

      Fantastic piece of history! MotoArt has the best customer service!!

      Rick P.
      United States United States

      Great piece of History

      I am a collector. I do not intend to use the plane tag as a tag. I enjoy collecting neat pieces of history. I was excited to add this piece to my collection.

      Gary G.
      United States United States

      Super Guppy Turbine - Orange

      Nice tag!