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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:35 pm 
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Anyone heard any updates on Paul Allen's Stratolauncher( or whatever they're officially calling it) being built by Scaled Composites? I thought it was supposed to have flown in 2016. I know these projects often move along slower than predicted.


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 Post subject: Re: Stratolauncher
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There was a tweet from Mr. Allen a week or so ago of him touring the facility and the airframe looking structurally about 70% complete.

https://twitter.com/PaulGAllen/status/8 ... 5474911232


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 Post subject: Re: Stratolauncher
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Thanks.That's the most info I've heard in over a year.


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 Post subject: Re: Stratolauncher
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http://www.seattletimes.com/business/bo ... -its-lair/

Not exactly the prettiest airplane to ever fill up the tarmac. Perhaps a bit too unusual, designed purely for functionality and not style. Maybe it just takes some getting used to, like the VW Beetle. Some nice color trim might make a difference. It almost looks wide enough to land on two runways at the same time.


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 Post subject: Re: Stratolauncher
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First engine run-up happened about a week ago. Solid progress being made.


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 Post subject: Re: Stratolauncher
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Anyone know what the wing area of this beast is? I was hoping to get some comparison between it and the other big aircraft. I think the An-225 comes in at 900 square meters(9687 sq feet). If I remember correctly the A380 is around 855(9203). Just checked the AN -124 and it comes in at 628(6759) and the C-5 is 576(6200). The 747-8 comes in at 554(5963). The Spruce Goose comes in at 11,430 sq feet(1,061.8817472 sq meters). Thank God for simple conversion utilities on the internet.

I sent a query to their Facebook page but have not received a response.


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 Post subject: Re: Stratolauncher
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Elwyn wrote:
Anyone know what the wing area of this beast is? I was hoping to get some comparison between it and the other big aircraft. I think the An-225 comes in at 900 square meters. If I remember correctly the A380 is around 855. Just checked the AN -124 and it comes in at 628 and the C-5 is 576.

From the linked article;

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Jean Floyd, chief executive at Stratolaunch Systems, said in a statement that the empty airplane, powered by six used 747 engines, weighs approximately 500,000 pounds.

“That may sound heavy,“ Floyd acknowledged. “But remember that the Stratolaunch aircraft is the world’s largest plane by wingspan, measuring 385 feet. By comparison, a National Football League field spans only 360 feet.”

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 Post subject: Re: Stratolauncher
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Lon Moer wrote:
Elwyn wrote:
Anyone know what the wing area of this beast is? I was hoping to get some comparison between it and the other big aircraft. I think the An-225 comes in at 900 square meters. If I remember correctly the A380 is around 855. Just checked the AN -124 and it comes in at 628 and the C-5 is 576.

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Jean Floyd, chief executive at Stratolaunch Systems, said in a statement that the empty airplane, powered by six used 747 engines, weighs approximately 500,000 pounds.

“That may sound heavy,“ Floyd acknowledged. “But remember that the Stratolaunch aircraft is the world’s largest plane by wingspan, measuring 385 feet. By comparison, a National Football League field spans only 360 feet.”


...with a wing area of...?


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 Post subject: Re: Stratolauncher
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I'm usually not too anal; but since I work for Pratt, I take exception with "powered by six used 747 engines".

They are P&W 4000 d@mn it... :P

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 Post subject: Re: Stratolauncher
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Getting closer!
https://www.space.com/39843-stratolaunc ... stone.html


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