The worlds Diggest aeroplane, the American C5 Galexy, landed in the Senegalese capial Dakar on Sunday (19 May) to deliver the satellite station for a large international metereological experiment.
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Background: The worlds Diggest aeroplane, the American C5 Galexy, landed in the Senegalese capial Dakar on Sunday (19 May) to deliver the satellite station for a large international metereological experiment.
The project called GATE -- the Global Atmospheric Research Tropical Experiment -- aims to discover what makes up the tropical atmosphere in order to understand its effect on world weather conditions.
Seventy-two countries are taking part in the project -- 35 of them African. The experiment will last from june 15 to September 3 and will be controlled from Dakar.
The united States, Soviet Union, West and East Germany, Brazil, Canada, France, Mexico, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom are providing boats and aerolplanes for the project and nearly a thousand ground receiving stations wil observe the metereological phenomena.
The American Galaxy aeroplane attracted sightseers at Dakar airport. It is as long as a football field and as high as a six storey building at its tail. It can carry a cargo of nearly 90 tons and the whole body of the plane can be raised and lowered for loading and unloading.