Behold the first glimpse of Microsoft’s co-founder Paul Allen’s crazy space venture: the largest airplane in history, a 117m wingspan beast designed to carry and launch a giant rocket to space, with a combined weight of 540,000kg! Check out these two photos. They blew my mind.
But first, watch this video to observe the tail sections on the twin fuselage.
Now look at the scale of part of those tail sections compared to the humans in the photos.
Insane. This graphic compares the Roc — as they call it — with other planes, like the 747-8, the Airbus A-380-800 or the ill-fated Hughes H-4 Spruce Goose.
If you think this will go nowhere, remember that we are talking about Paul Allen — who has more money than god — and Gary L. Wentz Jr, the project leader who was the former Chief Engineer of the Science and Mission Systems at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.