Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has unveiled his latest creation – the world’s largest airplane, based on wingspan.
Stratolaunch, the aeronautics company founded by Allen in 2011, just rolled the new aircraft out of its hanger Wednesday, to give the world at look at the giagantic new creation, as it rested on the ground on all its 28 wheels, without support, for the very first time.
The aircraft reportedly weighs 500,000 pounds, and is capable of carrying as much as 550,000 pounds. With a wingspan of 385 feet – the largest in the world – it is longer than a NFL football field.
It boasts six Boeing 747 engines and two cockpits.
Jean Floyd, CEO of Stratolaunch, said the aircraft will now begin the testing phase, to prepare for its first flight. Over the coming months, he said it will start testing at the Mojave Air and Space Port, with plans for a launch demonstration scheduled for 2019.
— Emily Calandrelli (@TheSpaceGal) May 31, 2017
Here’s video of the first roll out of the world’s largest plane. pic.twitter.com/RJarl0dFRJ
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