World’s Largest Plane With A Wingspan Longer Than Football Pitch (Pics)

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Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, unveiled the world’s largest aircraft in June
The six-engine plane has a wingspan of 385 feet which is longer than the length of a football field
Stratolaunch is designed to carry rockets between its two fuselages before they launch into space from air
Firm fired up the aircraft’s six Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines for its first taxi down the runway at 28mph

The world’s biggest plane is a step closer to its first flight, after passing another major milestone.
Named Stratolaunch, the colossal aircraft travelled down the runway under its own power for the first time, firing all six of its Pratt and Whitney turbofan engines – each weighing 8,940lbs (4,000kg).

During the aircraft’s first low-speed taxi test, Stratolaunch successfully travelled down the runway at 25 knots (28mph/45km/h).
Once testing has been completed, the aircraft – which has a wingspan longer than a football field – will be used to launch satellites and other objects into space.
This could include a Dream Chaser spaceship, which could act as a mini-shuttle to reach low Earth orbit destinations and return astronauts or payloads to a runway within 24 hours.

It is expected to take the skies for the first time in 2019.

The primary purpose of the test was to put the aircraft¿s ability to steer and stop through its paces. A ground team from Stratolaunch Systems Corp monitored a number of systems, including steering, braking, anti-skid and telemetry

Since the first engine runs in September, the Stratolaunch team has performed a series of engine tests from a newly established Stratolaunch Mission Control Center, located at its facility at the Mojave Air and Space Port

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