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World's largest aircraft takes first flight

IANS  |  Los Angeles 

The world's largest airplane, developed by Stratolaunch, flew into the air for its first flight test on Saturday.

The gigantic, six-engined twin-fuselage megajet took off from in for the flight expected to last for a couple of hours, reported, citing

Stratolaunch was founded by the late in 2011 to develop the as a flying launch pad for orbital-class rockets.

The has a world-record wingspan of 385 feet, and is 238 feet long. It is wider than any airplane on the planet. It weighs half a million pounds, according to a report.

"A historic milestone for the #Stratolaunch team with this record setting taking flight! This is about going to the edge of space and beyond!" tweeted Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate for

"I only wish the late @PaulGAllen could see this - his memory and impact lives on," he added.

Dozens of photographers, industry bloggers and gathered this week to catch a glimpse of the unique twin-fuselage plane.



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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 00:34 IST