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    World’s biggest airplane takes flight for the first time ever

    World’s biggest airplane takes flight for the first time ever




    The world’s largest airplane took flight for the first time ever on Saturday morning. Built by rocket launch company Stratolaunch, the 500,000-pound plane with a 385-foot wingspan lifted off shortly after 10AM ET from Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California. It was a critical first test flight for the aircraft, designed to launch rockets into orbit from the air. The inaugural flight lasted for 150 minutes, according to the company, after which the plane safely landed.

    The dual-fuselage Stratolaunch is designed to fly to an altitude of 35,000 feet, where it can drop rockets that ignite their engines and boost themselves into orbit around the planet. There is no rocket on this particular flight. But the company has already signed at least one customer, Northrop Grumman, which plans to use Stratolaunch to send its Pegasus XL rocket into space.
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    Cool! I suppose it needs two crews to fly it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lee_merrill View Post
    Cool! I suppose it needs two crews to fly it...
    From what I understand, only the right fuselage is pressurized and houses a crew of a pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer. The left fuselage's 'cockpit' is not pressurized, and contains no crew.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    From what I understand, only the right fuselage is pressurized and houses a crew of a pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer. The left fuselage's 'cockpit' is not pressurized, and contains no crew.
    Yeah....

    Stratolaunch Aircraft

    The Stratolaunch aircraft features a dual fuselage design, which can accommodate flight crew in the right fuselage, and flight data systems in the left fuselage. It will incorporate modular avionics control hardware (MACH) supplied by Orbital ATK.
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