Watch: Stratolaunch, The World’s Largest Airplane, Takes Flight

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Stratolaunch Systems Corporation, founded by the late billionaire Paul G. Allen, conducted its first test flight Saturday over the Mojave Desert in California.

With a dual fuselage design and a 385 feet wingspan, the plane lifted off at 0658 PDT from the Mojave Air & Space Port, a Stratolaunch press release read.

Called the “Roc,” the world’s largest aircraft flew for 2.5 hours, achieved a maximum speed of 189 miles per hour, and soared at altitudes up to 17,000 feet. The first flight allowed pilots to evaluate the airworthiness of the aircraft before landing successfully back at the spaceport.

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