The World Biggest Aircraft Takes Off for The First Time
On Saturday Stratolaunch has turned the biggest aircraft in history to complete its first test flight. Stratolaunch has a wingspan of 385 feet and weighs 220 tons. It has two fuselages and 28 wheels and is supply by six Boeing 747 engines. The aircraft took off for its first flight from Mojave Desert, California.
The aircraft is so large its wingspan is longer than a football field, or about 1.5 times that of an Airbus A380. It beat a top speed of 304 kilometers per hour or 189 mph and extend an altitude of 17,000 feet or 5,182 meters.
The aircraft is made by an American company called Stratolaunch Systems Corporation. The project was first declared in 2011 by Microsoft joint-founder Paul G. Allen and Scaled Composites founder Burt Rutan. The two joined hands formerly in the successful growth of SpaceShipOne.