Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch opens giant hangar for world’s largest aircraft

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The 103,257 square-foot hangar will house Stratolaunch’s aircraft during assembly and testing stages.

The world’s largest aircraft needs a ginormous place to live, and that’s exactly what Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch has built.

Stratolaunch Systems, the commercial space venture backed by the Microsoft co-founder, just opened a new hangar for the world’s largest plane that is set to launch into space by 2016. The 103,257 square-foot hangar is based in Mojave, Calif., at the Mojave Air and Space Port, and will house Stratolaunch’s aircraft during assembly and testing stages.

The aircraft weighs 1.3 million pounds, has six 747 engines and a wingspan greater than the length of a football field. It is designed to launch rockets into space from 30,000 feet in the air.

Gary Wentz, CEO and president of Stratolaunch Systems, said that the hangar will “keep momentum going so that we can hit our first test flight in 2016.”

Stratolaunch, which is based in Huntsville, Ala., also recently redesigned the look of the aircraft, which you can see below. This comes after the company cut ties in December with one of its high-profile partners, SpaceX.

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[Thanks to Isaac Alexander for the tip.]

  • Keith

    Where will this will be built? Is there a source?

  • http://twitter.com/jetcitystar Isaac Alexander

    The launch aircraft is being assembled at Mohave. It is two former United Airlines 747′s with Pratt & Whitney engines. When it’s completed, it will then be flown to Alabama where it will be based. Hopefully we’ll see the aircraft fly over Seattle before then.

  • http://twitter.com/ArcComputer david prokop

    it reminds me of the Hughes H-4 Hercules aka Spruce Goose, the Howard Huges transport airplane now housed in Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon

  • TooFLY

    You give us the Who, and What. You forgot the “Where” in your article. Bad Journalism!

    • Taylor Soper

      Forgot to include that part. The hangar is based in Mojave, Calif., at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

      Thanks for reading.