A look at the world’s largest airplane known as Stratolaunch is what we are going to have a look at in details. And this is one post which has been made possible by CNET.COM.
Rolling out a new world record
This is the Stratolaunch. With a wingspan of 385 feet, the special plane is now the largest in the world. Don’t expect to see it at your local airport though. This craft has a more important purpose than transporting people.
Why is everyone talking about this plane? Take a closer look at it, and you’ll soon see for yourself…
This is one gigantic plane
By the numbers, the Stratolaunch — code name “Roc” — is the largest plane ever built. Its wings measure 385 feet across, longer than a professional football field. Its twin fuselages are 238 feet long, while its tail height is 50 feet.
As such, it had to be constructed here at the Mojave Air and Space Port, inside a specially constructed 88,000-square-foot hangar.
Celebrating the first-ever launch
A decent-size crowd made the early morning trek to the Mojave Desert to watch, and celebrate, the first-ever launch of the Stratolaunch on April 13, 2019.
Soaring over the Mojave
The Stratolaunch’s pilots climbed to 17,000 feet to test the craft’s performance and handling, doing a number of aerial maneuvers.
It’s big, but it sure isn’t fast
The Stratolaunch achieved a top speed of 189 mph during its first flight.
Pushing the Stratolaunch to its limits
In addition to performing roll doublets, yawing maneuvers, pushovers, pull-ups and steady-heading slide slips, the Stratolaunch pilots simulated landing-approach exercises.
The Stratolaunch touched down after roughly 2.5 hours of flight.Video of Stratolaunch in the Air