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Microsoft Co-founder Unveils The World's Biggest Aircraft That Is Bigger Than A Football Field

The co-founder of Microsoft and Chairman of Seattle Seahawks, Paul Allen, has recently unveiled the world's largest aircraft. The aeroplane is named Stratolaunch which is built with six engines of a plane. The Stratolaunch was brought outside a large building for the first time on May 31. Currently, the fuelling tests are being carried out on the aircraft.The construction of the plane began in 2011. The first flight of the plane was planned to take place in 2016, but due to the delay in its testing period, the flight was cancelled. Before the testing, the support structures of the plane were removed, so that, it could rest on its wheels. According to the chief executive of Stratolaunch, over the coming weeks and months, the plane will also undergo ground and flight line testing at the Mojave Air and Space Port, California. Here are some details which we should know about the plane.

The massive aeroplane was rolled out for the first time from Allen's aerospace firm.

The aircraft has the wingspan of 385ft, which is more than the length of American football pitch and it is also the longest wingspan of any aircraft which is ever built. The six engine plane is larger than Howard Hughes' 1947 H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose) which is an airlift flying boat. 

The Stratolaunch weighed in at 500,000 pounds (226,796 kilograms).

Stratolaunch Systems led the project of the aircraft with the aim of revolutionising the orbit travel.

It uses six huge passenger 747 engines.

The aircraft is designed to launch the rockets which carry small satellites into space and according to Paul Allen, it will also launch humans in the future.

In 2011, the estimated cost of the aircraft was $300 million.

There is no latest update shared by Paul Allen on the cost.

The first demonstration of the plane's flight will be done in 2019.

The aircraft is 238ft long from front to back and 50ft above from the ground.

Scaled Composites designed it.

The aircraft has been nicknamed 'The Roc', after a mythological bird which was so big that it could carry an elephant in its claws.