April 17, 2019
Stratolaunch, a giant six-engine aircraft with the world’s longest wingspan, makes its historic first flight from the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif, on Saturday. Founded by the late billionaire Paul G Allen, Stratolaunch is vying to be a contender in the market for air-launching small satellites. Photo: Matt Hartman/AP
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A giant six-engine aircraft with the world’s longest wingspan completed what company officials called a superb initial flight over California’s Mojave Desert, bringing to life a dream held by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul G Allen.