The Latest on initial flight of aircraft with world’s Greatest wingspan (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

A giant aircraft using the planet’s longest wingspan removed from California Saturday morning and flew two 1/2 hours, achieving a maximum rate of 189 mph (304 kph).

Stratolaunch CEO Jean Floyd reported that the aircraft made a landing.

A company press release stated the twin-fuselage jet struck altitudes up to 17,000 feet (5,181 meters) over the Mojave Desert while performance and handling qualities were evaluated.

Founded by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, Stratolaunch is vying to be a competition from the satellite launching market. The aircraft is designed to release rockets connected to the center of its tremendous wing, which extends 385 feet (117 meters) from tip to tip.

Floyd stated in a teleconference briefing that it was amazing to”observe this disgusting bird take flight” and he uttered a”thank-you” into Allen, who died in October 2018.

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10:20 a.m.

A giant aircraft with the world’s greatest wingspan has landed following its first ever flight.

The Stratolaunch jet landed two hours Saturday after taking off from Mojave Air and Space Port.

Founded by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, Stratolaunch is vying to be a contender in the satellite launch industry.

The aircraft was made to discharge rockets connected to the middle of its tremendous wing, which extends 385 feet (117 meters) from tip to tip even a longer wingspan than every other aircraft.

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9:30 a.m.

A giant aircraft using the world wingspan has taken off on its very first flight from California.

Early 22, the massive Stratolaunch jet designed to rockets raised from Mojave Air and Space Port.

Founded by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, Stratolaunch has been vying to be a competition from the satellite launch market.

The aircraft is designed to launch rockets attached to the center of its huge wing, which extends 385 feet (117 meters) from tip to tip a longer wingspan than every other aircraft.

Plans recently dropped to develop its own line of rockets and will focus on launching Northrop Grumman’s Pegasus XL.

Allen expired in October 2018.