Paul Allen's dream Plain reaches Newer Heights
Stratolaunch, the largest airplane in the world, the company founded by the late Paul Allen, Co-founder of Microsoft founded Stratolaunch in 2011 and has just flown the world's largest aircraft for the first time. It is as a one-of-a-kind airplane completed its first test flight on Saturday morning above California’s Mojave desert.
It is with a wingspan measuring 385 feet - wider than a football field is long. The plane flew for 2½ hours over the Mojave at altitudes up to 17,000 feet, hitting a maximum speed of 189 miles per hour. With two fuselages and six Boeing 747 engines. Stratolaunch,th carrier plane has built and is the largest ever built., It features twin fuselages and six jet engines, and has a wingspan of 385 feet (117 meters) - long enough to cross an American football field from end zone to end zone. That's about the same length as the International Space Station and it could launch rockets from the air up to about 35,000 feet and then drop the rocket. One of the advantages of such a system.
Stratolaunch Systems is owned by Vulcan, which manages the estate of late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Allen had started the organisation in partnership with specialty aircraft builder Scaled Composites. “We all know Paul would have been proud to witness today’s historic achievement,” said Jody Allen, Chair of Vulcan and Trustee of the Paul G. Allen Trust in a press release. “The aircraft is a remarkable engineering achievement and we congratulate everyone involved.”
The giant airplane Roc, took off at 6:58 a.m. PDT (9:58 a.m. EDT; 1358 GMT) and stayed aloft for 2.5 hours, Stratolaunch representatives said in the statement. Roc reached a peak altitude of 17,000 feet (5,180 m) and a top speed of 189 mph (304 km/h), the media release says. The flight, which allowed pilots to evaluate Roc's performance and handling, ended with a touchdown back at Mojave Air and Space Port.