Aircraft with the largest wingspan in the world completes first flight

15 Avril, 2019, 19:58 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Aircraft with the largest wingspan in the world completes first flight

The Stratolaunch aircraft comes in for a landing after its first successful flight. The massive dual-fuselage plane has a combined wingspan of 385 feet (117 metres), which may not allow it to travel very fast (max speed of 280km/h) but does enable it to reach the remarkable peak altitude of 35 000 feet (10600m).

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.

The Mojave Air & Space Port is located in California (the "Golden State") and is the first site which is licensed to horizontally launch reusable spacecraft from.

As part of the initial flight, the pilots evaluated aircraft performance and handling qualities before landing successfully back at the Mojave Air and Space Port, Stratolaunch said in a statement.

He added: "Today's flight furthers our mission to provide a flexible alternative to ground launched systems". "We are incredibly proud of the Stratolaunch team, today's flight crew, our partners at Northrup Grumman's Scaled Composites and the Mojave Air and Space Port".

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Until then, you can have a look at Stratolaunch's maiden flight in the video attached below.

Stratolaunch is created to function as a launch platform for rockets delivering payloads to space.

The world's biggest aircraft has completed its maiden flight, delivering the ambitious aerospace dream of Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft who died in October.

The centre wing of the plane can hold up to 500,000 pounds in weight.

This enormous aircraft took flight on Saturday.

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