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World's largest airplane completes first test flight

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Jean Garcia | 15 April, 2019, 19:57

The world's largest aeroplane made its first test flight on Saturday in California. 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).

A release had the wonderful milestone of Stratolaunch announced. With this successful first test flight though, it proves that their plane concept does work and could see an increasing amount of interest from other aerospace companies looking to release rockets into space.

Jean Floyd, the chief executive of Stratolaunch, said: "It was an emotional moment to personally watch this majestic bird take flight. without a doubt, he [Allen] would have been proud". It stayed in the air for about 2.5 hours over the desert where it was able to attain altitudes of up to 17,000 feet while exhibiting a top speed of 189 mph.

The plan is for the Stratolaunch plane to eventually act as a flying launch pad for satellites, which could potentially be a less expensive way to send objects into space than rockets. Allen died in October 2018 while suffering from non-Hodgkins' lymphoma, just months after the plane's development was unveiled.

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This enormous aircraft took flight on Saturday.

The plane is created to act as a launching pad for satellites. 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, trustee of the Paul G. Allen Trust.

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