Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

The world's biggest airplane has taken its first flight

The world's biggest airplane has taken its first flight

He said the world's biggest aircraft, which performed a successful maiden flight over the weekend, can be used for launching military as well as civilian payloads. The Microsoft co-author passed away in late 2018.

The Stratolaunch's massive wingspan stretches further than 383 feet, making it significantly longer than a football field and helping to earn the aircraft the distinguished title of not only the largest aircraft in the world, beating out big-bodied competition in service to the USA and Russian air forces by a significant margin, but the largest aircraft ever built.

A release had the incredible milestone of Stratolaunch announced. Roaring off the runway with corporate executives and aviation enthusiasts cheering, the Stratolaunch eventually attained an altitude of 17,000 feet at a speed of 189 miles per hour.

The test took place at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California and was a sigh of relief for the company which recently laid off more 50 employees due to financial challenges in the company.

Powered by the same type of engines used by Boeing 747s, the aircraft is created to take off at a maximum weight of 1.3m lbs.

The grand plan: Eventually, the hope is that the plane will be able to fly about two or three times higher than commercial jets, before it releases satellites into orbit. It would be a sight to see, right?

Its 385ft wingspan is the length of an American football field.

Paul Allen had founded Stratolaunch back in 2011. According to their website, Stratolaunch wants to "make access to orbit as routine as catching a commercial airline flight is today".

"We all know Paul would have been proud to witness today's historic achievement", said Jody Allen, Paul's sister and chairwoman of Vulcan Inc., one of Paul Allen's companies.

Moreover, it conducted simulated landing approach exercises at a max altitude of 15,000 feet mean sea level.

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