Stratolaunch: World’s largest airplane made its first flight

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, world largest airplane took flight for the first time ever. This plane is built by the late Paul Allen’s company Stratolaunch Systems. This plane is built to conduct space launches in mid air.

This project was announced in December 2011, since then, there was no news about this project and after long-long time in May 2017, company rolled out this project and now Stratolaunch took its first flight on April 13, 2019. This plane consist of two main fuselage( main body part of airplane) each 73 m long supported by 12 main landing gear wheels and two nose gear wheels making it total of 28 wheels.

This plane has 117 m large wingspan making it the world’s largest wingspan plane, from ground level this plane is 15 m tall and it weigh 226,796 kg empty but its gross weight can go upto 340,194 kg with no external payload. It has the capacity to takeoff maximum weight of 589,670 kg and for external payload it can be nearby 250,000 kg. It is supported by six high-bypass turbofan engines with 252.4 kN thrust each. It can fly with the maximum speed of 530 mph and maximum range this plane can fly is nearby 4,630 km. This plane require 3,700 m long runway to lift-off.

With these huge numbers it is an incredible airplane.

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