World's largest aircraft takes first flight

Category : USA News
Updated On : April 14, 2019 10:17 PM
By Indian Times Daily

The world's largest airplane, developed by aerospace venture Stratolaunch, flew into the air for its first flight test on Saturday.

The gigantic, six-engined twin-fuselage megajet took off from Mojave Air and Space Port in California for the flight expected to last for a couple of hours, Xinhua reported, citing media reports.

Stratolaunch was founded by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2011 to develop the large carrier airplane as a flying launch pad for orbital-class rockets.

The aircraft has a world-record wingspan of 385 feet, and is 238 feet long. It is wider than any airplane on the planet. It weighs half a million pounds, according to a CNN report.

"A historic milestone for the #Stratolaunch team with this record setting aircraft taking flight! This is about going to the edge of space and beyond!" tweeted Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA Science Mission Directorate.

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