In Pictures: ‘World’s biggest plane’ completes first flight

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In Pictures: ‘World’s biggest plane’ completes first flight


The world's largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen's company Stratolaunch Systems, makes its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
The world’s largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen’s company Stratolaunch Systems, makes its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
The world’s largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen’s company Stratolaunch Systems, lands during its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
The world’s largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen’s company Stratolaunch Systems, makes its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
Heavy black smoke rises from one of the six engines starting, before the first test flight of the world’s largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen’s company Stratolaunch Systems, in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
The world’s largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen’s company Stratolaunch Systems, takes off on its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
The world’s largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen’s company Stratolaunch Systems, takes off on its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
The world’s largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen’s company Stratolaunch Systems, takes off on its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
Stratolaunch, a giant six-engine aircraft with the worldÕs longest wingspan , makes its historic first flight from the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif., Saturday, April 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)
Stratolaunch, a giant six-engine aircraft with the worldÕs longest wingspan , makes its historic first flight from the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif., Saturday, April 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)
Stratolaunch, a giant six-engine aircraft with the worldÕs longest wingspan , makes its historic first flight from the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif., Saturday, April 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)

A giant aircraft with the world’s longest wingspan has landed after its first ever flight.

The twin-fuselage Stratolaunch jet landed two hours after taking off from Mojave Air and Space Port in California.

The company said the jet hit altitudes of up to 17,000 feet above the Mojave Desert while performance and handling qualities were evaluated.

CEO Jean Floyd said the aircraft made a “spectacular” landing, adding it was amazing to “watch this majestic bird take flight”.



The world's largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen's company Stratolaunch Systems, makes its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene BlevinsThe world's largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen's company Stratolaunch Systems, makes its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

The world’s largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen’s company Stratolaunch Systems, makes its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Established by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Stratolaunch is vying to be a contender in the satellite launch market. Mr Allen died in October 2018.

The aircraft is designed to release rockets attached to the centre of its enormous wing, which stretches 385 feet from tip to tip.



The world's largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen's company Stratolaunch Systems, takes off on its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene BlevinsThe world's largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen's company Stratolaunch Systems, takes off on its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

The world’s largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen’s company Stratolaunch Systems, takes off on its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene Blevins


The world's largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen's company Stratolaunch Systems, takes off on its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene BlevinsThe world's largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen's company Stratolaunch Systems, takes off on its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

The world’s largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen’s company Stratolaunch Systems, takes off on its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene Blevins


The world's largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen's company Stratolaunch Systems, makes its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene BlevinsThe world's largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen's company Stratolaunch Systems, makes its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

The world’s largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen’s company Stratolaunch Systems, makes its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

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The world's largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen's company Stratolaunch Systems, lands during its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene BlevinsThe world's largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen's company Stratolaunch Systems, lands during its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

The world’s largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen’s company Stratolaunch Systems, lands during its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

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