Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

Outsize cargo is a designation given to goods of unusually large size. This term is often applied to cargo which cannot fit on standardized transport devices such as skids (pallets) or containers. This includes military and other vehicles.[1][2]

In extreme cases, such as the Space Shuttle or Buran-class spacecraft, the cargo may be carried on the exterior, atop a large cargo aircraft.

See also


  1. ^ Air Mobility Operational Requirements, USAF
  2. ^ Moving U.S. Forces. US DOD. 1997. p. 72.