Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen unveils world’s largest aircraft

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen unveils world's largest aircraft
The massive plane rolled out by Allen’s aerospace firm, Stratolaunch Systems, features the longest wingspan of any aircraft ever built, according to Popular Mechanics.

With a wingspan of 385 feet, the six-engine plane will be larger than Howard Hughes’ 1947 H-4 Hercules, known as the ‘Spruce Goose,’ and the Antonov An-225, a Soviet-era cargo plane originally built to transport the Buran space shuttle that is currently the world’s largest aircraft.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen unveils world's largest aircraft
The Stratolaunch is an aircraft that is designed tocarry rockets between its two fuselages.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen unveils world's largest aircraft
In 2011, the project’s cost was initially estimated to be at $300million, though there is no word as to the updated figures.

After the plane reaches altitude, it would then drop the launch vehicle, which will subsequently fire its boosters and launch into space from the air.

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