WhiteKnightTwo

WhiteKnightTwo

Utilizing an open-architecture design and powered by four Pratt & Whitney turbofans, WhiteKnightTwo provides the high-altitude launch platform for SpaceShipTwo to achieve sub-orbital flight.

Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer

Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer

This record-breaking, single-place, aviation marvel features two external booms flanking a center pod where the pilot sits, on top of which is the aircraft's powerhouse, a Williams turbofan jet engine.

SpaceShipOne

SpaceShipOne

SpaceShipOne, the first private manned spacecraft, is a three-place, high-altitude research rocket, designed for sub-orbital flights at an altitude of 100 km and powered by a unique hybrid rocket motor.

White Knight

White Knight

Initially developed to provide a launch platform at 50,000 ft for SpaceShipOne, White Knight is a three-place, high-altitude, flexible and capable research aircraft.

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Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer

The GlobalFlyer is a single seat, turbofan powered airplane designed to fly around the world nonstop, unrefueled, with a solo pilot. It achieved this milestone for the first time on March 3, 2005 after 67 hours and one minute of flying time. With that, Pilot Steve Fossett set the record for fastest time around the world unrefueled.

The GlobalFlyer eventually made three solo nonstop flights around the world, and it is now on display at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Selected Aircraft Specifications:
  • Wing Span: 114 ft
  • Wing Area: 400 sq ft
  • Length: 44.1 ft
  • Height: 13.3 ft
  • Gross Weight: 22,000 lbs
  • Empty Weight: 3,350 lbs
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