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Fraser
2018-Mar-02, 08:21 PM
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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Trebuchet
2018-Mar-03, 01:18 AM
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.

schlaugh
2018-Mar-03, 02:14 AM
Something got missed in the editing, for sure. From the Wikipedia article on Stratolaunch (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratolaunch_Systems) 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.

Hornblower
2018-Mar-03, 12:34 PM
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.