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Thread: The Biggest Airplane Taxis Down the Runway, By 2020 it Could Be Launching Rockets

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    The Biggest Airplane Taxis Down the Runway, By 2020 it Could Be Launching Rockets

    In preparation for its maiden flight, StratoLaunch's Roc aircraft - the largest aircraft in the world - recently conducted its second successful taxi test
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    The Roc is essentially two 747 hulls mated together...
    No, it's not. I stopped reading after that. UT needs to do much better than that. Quite disappointing.
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    Something got missed in the editing, for sure. From the Wikipedia article on Stratolaunch Systems:

    The carrier plane will be powered by six Pratt & Whitney PW4000, 205–296 kN (46,000–66,500 lbf) thrust-range jet engines, sourced from two used 747-400s that were cannibalized for engines, avionics, flight deck, landing gear and other proven systems to reduce initial development costs.

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    Yes, it appears that Matt Williams, the writer of this article, never looked at the aircraft in question. Fraser definitely needs to pay more attention to what is being written by his sources.

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