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Stratolaunch's "Roc," The World's Largest Aircraft, Has Flown For The First Time (Updated)
This is a landmark event in aviation history and something the late billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dreamed of seeing.
By Tyler RogowayApril 13, 2019

Stratolaunch, the space launch company founded in part by late billionaire and Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen, has sent its gigantic Roc aircraft into the skies for the very first time. The flight occurred this morning at 6:46AM from Stratolaunch's home at Mojave Air And Space Port in California. It was chased by a Cessna Citation jet during the inaugural flight.
Roc now takes the throne as the world's largest aircraft with a 385-foot wingspan, a gross takeoff weight of 1,300,000 pounds, and powered by six Pratt & Whitney PW4056 Turbofan engines normally found on the 747-400. Combined, these engines put out a whopping 340,500 pounds of thrust. The Roc—it is nicknamed after the huge bird from Greek mythology—will haul rocket payloads up into the sky before sending them on their way into space. The idea is the craft acts as a completely reusable and flexibly deployable first stage, which could dramatically cut down the cost of putting payloads into space and do so in a highly flexible manner not offered by traditional launch-pad based systems.

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Hughes H-4 Hercules

Spruce Goose


Preserved at
Evergreen Aviation Museum
The Hughes H-4 Hercules (also known as the Spruce Goose; registration NX37602) is a prototype strategic airlift flying boat designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft Company. Intended as a transatlantic flight transport for use during World War II, it was not completed in time to be used in the war. The aircraft made only one brief flight on November 2, 1947, and the project never advanced beyond the single example produced. Built from wood because of wartime restrictions on the use of aluminum and concerns about weight, it was nicknamed by critics the Spruce Goose, although it was made almost entirely of birch.[2][3] The Hercules is the largest flying boat ever built, and it has the second largest wingspan of any aircraft that has ever flown, after the Scaled Composites Stratolaunch first flew on 13 April 2019.[4][5] The aircraft remains in good condition. After being displayed to the public in Long Beach, California from 1980 to 1991, it is now on display at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, United States.[6

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hughes_H-4_Hercules


The Spruce Goose
At the center of our museum stands the original Spruce Goose. Built entirely of wood due to wartime restrictions on metals, this massive airplane stands as a symbol of American industry during World War II. Learn more about the history, first flight, and legacy of this mammoth plane.
https://www.evergreenmuseum.org/the-spruce-goose
Leave the gun, take the Cannoli.

"We were in the jungle, there were too many of us, we had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane."

--Francis Ford Coppola

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That pic just doesn't do justice to the size of this monster. Those P&W engines are dwarfed by the rest of the plane!
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(04-13-2019, 01:57 PM)MaximalGravity Wrote: Hughes H-4 Hercules

Spruce Goose


Preserved at
Evergreen Aviation Museum
The Hughes H-4 Hercules (also known as the Spruce Goose; registration NX37602) is a prototype strategic airlift flying boat designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft Company. Intended as a transatlantic flight transport for use during World War II, it was not completed in time to be used in the war. The aircraft made only one brief flight on November 2, 1947, and the project never advanced beyond the single example produced. Built from wood because of wartime restrictions on the use of aluminum and concerns about weight, it was nicknamed by critics the Spruce Goose, although it was made almost entirely of birch.[2][3] The Hercules is the largest flying boat ever built, and it has the second largest wingspan of any aircraft that has ever flown, after the Scaled Composites Stratolaunch first flew on 13 April 2019.[4][5] The aircraft remains in good condition. After being displayed to the public in Long Beach, California from 1980 to 1991, it is now on display at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, United States.[6

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hughes_H-4_Hercules


The Spruce Goose
At the center of our museum stands the original Spruce Goose. Built entirely of wood due to wartime restrictions on metals, this massive airplane stands as a symbol of American industry during World War II. Learn more about the history, first flight, and legacy of this mammoth plane.
https://www.evergreenmuseum.org/the-spruce-goose

Went to go see the SG before I left Miramar. Only Hughes could've pulled it off back then.
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(04-13-2019, 02:07 PM)Red Auroras Wrote:
(04-13-2019, 01:57 PM)MaximalGravity Wrote: Hughes H-4 Hercules

Spruce Goose


Preserved at
Evergreen Aviation Museum
The Hughes H-4 Hercules (also known as the Spruce Goose; registration NX37602) is a prototype strategic airlift flying boat designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft Company. Intended as a transatlantic flight transport for use during World War II, it was not completed in time to be used in the war. The aircraft made only one brief flight on November 2, 1947, and the project never advanced beyond the single example produced. Built from wood because of wartime restrictions on the use of aluminum and concerns about weight, it was nicknamed by critics the Spruce Goose, although it was made almost entirely of birch.[2][3] The Hercules is the largest flying boat ever built, and it has the second largest wingspan of any aircraft that has ever flown, after the Scaled Composites Stratolaunch first flew on 13 April 2019.[4][5] The aircraft remains in good condition. After being displayed to the public in Long Beach, California from 1980 to 1991, it is now on display at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, United States.[6

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hughes_H-4_Hercules


The Spruce Goose
At the center of our museum stands the original Spruce Goose. Built entirely of wood due to wartime restrictions on metals, this massive airplane stands as a symbol of American industry during World War II. Learn more about the history, first flight, and legacy of this mammoth plane.
https://www.evergreenmuseum.org/the-spruce-goose

Went to go see the SG before I left Miramar. Only Hughes could've pulled it off back then.

I think he still holds a speed record or two.

A former employer (wealthy family), grew up as a kid living next-door to Hughes. He had some stories.
Leave the gun, take the Cannoli.

"We were in the jungle, there were too many of us, we had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane."

--Francis Ford Coppola

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(04-13-2019, 01:57 PM)MaximalGravity Wrote: Hughes H-4 Hercules

Spruce Goose


Preserved at
Evergreen Aviation Museum
The Hughes H-4 Hercules (also known as the Spruce Goose; registration NX37602) is a prototype strategic airlift flying boat designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft Company. Intended as a transatlantic flight transport for use during World War II, it was not completed in time to be used in the war. The aircraft made only one brief flight on November 2, 1947, and the project never advanced beyond the single example produced. Built from wood because of wartime restrictions on the use of aluminum and concerns about weight, it was nicknamed by critics the Spruce Goose, although it was made almost entirely of birch.[2][3] The Hercules is the largest flying boat ever built, and it has the second largest wingspan of any aircraft that has ever flown, after the Scaled Composites Stratolaunch first flew on 13 April 2019.[4][5] The aircraft remains in good condition. After being displayed to the public in Long Beach, California from 1980 to 1991, it is now on display at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, United States.[6

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hughes_H-4_Hercules


The Spruce Goose
At the center of our museum stands the original Spruce Goose. Built entirely of wood due to wartime restrictions on metals, this massive airplane stands as a symbol of American industry during World War II. Learn more about the history, first flight, and legacy of this mammoth plane.
https://www.evergreenmuseum.org/the-spruce-goose

Simply compare the size to one of Pan Am's Clippers (top) to the Hercules.

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(04-13-2019, 02:03 PM)Red Auroras Wrote: That pic just doesn't do justice to the size of this monster. Those P&W engines are dwarfed by the rest of the plane!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfUy21HHtME
Leave the gun, take the Cannoli.

"We were in the jungle, there were too many of us, we had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane."

--Francis Ford Coppola

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(04-13-2019, 02:41 PM)MaximalGravity Wrote:
(04-13-2019, 02:03 PM)Red Auroras Wrote: That pic just doesn't do justice to the size of this monster. Those P&W engines are dwarfed by the rest of the plane!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfUy21HHtME

That's incredible!!! Very cool!! That must be the aircraft they were talking about having at the Air Show in Osh Kosh, Wisconsin this summer. My son is in Aviation Club & they are building an RV-12. He's going to the air show with his club.... EAA associated aviation club. EAA = Experimental Aircraft Association

I'll have to show him this. You're right.... the photo doesn't do it justice. The video does better showing the size of that monster. Thanks for tagging me so I wouldn't miss this thread.


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It's too bad Paul Allen didn't get to see the flight or be on it.

An engineer friend worked for Allen for a time before starting his own co. The company Allen built took new tech discoveries in all Physical Science fields and looked for practical applications. My friend worked on everything from electronics to prosthetics. It was a division of Vulcan Ventures.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulcan_Inc.

He got to work on some really interesting stuff. His expertise was in ergonomics and electronics.

It's evident who the tech brain behind MS was. Just like Jobs and WOZ.
Leave the gun, take the Cannoli.

"We were in the jungle, there were too many of us, we had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane."

--Francis Ford Coppola

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Nice photos on the Vulcan site

https://vulcan.com/
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--Francis Ford Coppola

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