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World’s largest plane takes to the skies

15 April 2019, 07:58 | Joann Bryant

World's biggest plane takes flight as mobile launchpad for satellites

The world's largest airplane built by the late Paul Allen's company Stratolaunch Systems makes its first test flight in Mojave

Stratolaunch completed its first test flight over the Mojave Desert in California on April 13, 2019.

The Spruce Goose was flown only once, on November 2, 1947, and had the largest wingspan of any aircraft to ever take to the skies until Saturday's flight. With 117 meters wingspan and 73 meters nose-to-tail length, the company describes its aircraft as the "world's largest plane". It flew at a maximum speed of about 189 miles per hour at about 15,000 feet above the ground, according to Stratolaunch. Pacific time (1400 GMT) and stayed aloft for more than two hours before landing safely back at the Mojave Air and Space Port as a crowd of hundreds of people cheered.

Jean Floyd, the chief executive of Stratolaunch, said: "It was an emotional moment to personally watch this majestic bird take flight. without a doubt, he [Allen] would have been proud".




The world's biggest airplane took flight on Saturday. The Stratolaunch aircraft is a mobile launch platform that will enable airline-style access to space that is convenient, affordable and routine. Allen died in October 2018 while suffering from non-Hodgkins' lymphoma, just months after the plane's development was unveiled. However, when it comes to planes, it appears the industry is moving in the opposite direction as they are not only trying to fit more passengers into planes for long-distance flights but now also creating massive planes in which to launch rockets from.

"We all know Paul would have been proud to witness today's historic achievement", said Jody Allen, Chair of Vulcan Inc and Trustee of the Paul G. Allen Trust.



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