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The White Whale of the Skies Lands at Athens (photos)

Aviation enthusiasts in Athens had a rare chance to see one of the giant “Beluga” planes that landed at Eleftherios Venizelos airport recently.
The plane is one of only five in operation throughout the world.
It stopped at the parking area of the airport for refueling and maintenance. Its final destination was Bremen in Germany.

The Airbus A300-600ST, popularly known as the Beluga because of its resemblance to the white Arctic whale, is the European plane manufacturer’s super-sized transporter jet.
A crew of three operates the Beluga: two pilots and a loadmaster. Because of its size the plane reacts differently to other large jets in turbulence; moving sideways more than up and down.

The top section of the aircraft was cut and an additional, wider fuselage section — resembling a bubble — was added to the airframe, giving it its characteristic hump.
The cockpit was lowered, making it possible for the cargo hold to be loaded and unloaded through the front of the aircraft.

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