Humongous Twin-Fuselage Stratolaunch Plane Conducts Maiden Flight (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Humongous Twin-Fuselage Stratolaunch Plane Conducts Maiden Flight (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Earlier today before sun rise over the Mojave Desert, the largest airplane ever to be created was flown for the very first time.

During the first flight that took place from Mojave Air and Space Port, Stratolaunch achieved a maximum speed of 189 miles per hour.

However, neither Krevor nor Jean Floyd, the chief executive of Stratolaunch, said anything about the test flight program, including when the plane will fly again and how long the overall test program will last.

The twin-fuselage Stratolaunch jet landed two hours after taking off from Mojave Air and Space Port in California. The company aims to make access to orbit more affordable and accessible by launching satellites into space from aircraft, rather than from the ground. Stratolaunch, which was founded by Allen, is vying to be a contender in the market for air-launching small satellites.

Stratolaunch, the company that was founded by late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has finally hit an important milestone in its short company history. "It flew very much as we had simulated and as we predicted", he said.

Nearly 116 years after the Wright Brothers created history at Kitty Hawk with the first heavier than air flight ever for 12 seconds, another piece of aviation history was created at Nojav in California on Saturday.

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The Stratolaunch itself has the largest wingspan of any aircraft on Earth at 385 feet, wider than a football field including the endzones; it even has two dozen feet to spare.

If fruitful, such a task would be a less expensive approach to release objects into space than rockets terminated from the ground.

"Without a doubt, he would have been exceptionally proud to see his aircraft take flight", Floyd said.

A commercial Boeing 747's gross weight is 735,000 pounds with a wingspan of 195 feet and a ceiling of 45,000 feet, according to Boeing.

Floyd said in a teleconference briefing that it was fantastic to "watch this majestic bird take flight" and he whispered a "thank-you" to Allen, who died in October 2018. His specialties in test flight include aviation and test safety, aircraft stability and control testing and operational leadership of flight test teams.

"The airplane felt really nice on the touchdown, gear felt good", Thomas said.

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