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Roc takes third test flight

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Roc takes third test flight

Stratolaunch’s Rocthe biggest airplane in the world returned to the sky making its first test flight in more than eight months. Check out some photos from this historic event.

Stratolaunch director of flight operations Evan “Ivan” Thomas approaches Roc before Sunday’s test flight. [Courtesy: Stratolaunch] 
Pre-flight preparations on Sunday at California’s Mojave Air & Space Port (KMHV) began before daybreak. [Courtesy: Stratolaunch)
The one-of-a-kind airplane is powered by six Pratt & Whitney PW4056 turbofans obtained from retired Boeing 747-400s. [Courtesy: Stratolaunch]
Eventually, Roc’s massive wings will carry and launch reusable hypersonic test aircraft. [Courtesy: Stratolaunch]

Roc landed Sunday at California’s Mojave Air & Space Port after a test flight that lasted nearly four and a half hours. [Courtesy: Stratolaunch]

More amazing pictures link to Flying web page

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