Stratolaunch’s gargantuan twin-fuselage launch vehicle carrier aircraft made a successful 2-hr. 29-min. first flight from Mojave Air and Spaceport on April 13, marking the start of a planned 1.5-year test and certification program. The six-engine, 285-ft.-long Stratolaunch is the biggest all-composite aircraft ever developed and, as measured by its 385-ft. wingspan, also the world’s largest aircraft. Designed by Burt Rutan and built by Northrop Grumman’s Scaled Composites ...

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