Humongous Twin-Fuselage Stratolaunch Plane Conducts Maiden Flight (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Stratolaunch a giant six-engine aircraft with the world’s longest wingspan, makes its historic first flight from the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave Calif. Saturday

On Friday, it successfully completed its first test flight, flying for two-and-a-half hours above the California's Mojave Desert without an issue. The plane reached speeds of 189 miles per hour (304 km/h) and performed several flight control maneuvers, including "roll doublets, yawing maneuvers, pushovers and pull-ups, and steady heading side slips", the manufacturer Stratolaunch said in a statement.

"All of you've been very patient and very tolerant over the years waiting for us to get this big bird off the ground, and we finally did it", Jean Floyd, chief executive of Stratolaunch, said at the briefing. But in January the company scaled back those efforts. His specialties in test flight include aviation and test safety, aircraft stability and control testing and operational leadership of flight test teams.

Founded by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, Stratolaunch is vying to be a contender in the satellite launch market. Stratolaunch has now made a deal with Northrop Grumman to launch their Pegasus rockets, the first privately developed rocket and the first to use an aircraft to launch it. The Stratolaunch aircraft is a mobile launch platform that will enable airline-style access to space that is convenient, affordable and routine.

"It's these possibilities that drove us to develop the world's largest plane, which acts as a launch pad in the sky, bypassing numerous hazards that cause ground-launch delays here on Earth".

Other aeroplanes exceed it in length from nose to tail, including the six-engine Antonov AN 225 cargo plane, which is 84 meters long, and the Boeing 747-8, which is about 76.3 meters long.

The pilot Evan Thomas told journalists the experience was "awesome" and that " the plane flew as anticipated". According to The Verge, the world's largest plane weighs 500,000 pounds with 385-foot wingspan was lifted off from Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California. The event was supported by the Stratolaunch team who were present on the grounds to celebrate the aircraft's successful first flight. And for the most part, the airplane flew as predicted which is again exactly what we want.

Paul Allen, a founder of Microsoft, funded the project and announced plans for Stratolaunch in 2011.

"The airplane felt really nice on the touchdown, gear felt good", Thomas said.

This the largest plane in the world taking off in the Mojave desert in the United States.

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