Holy crap, it’s real! Behold the first glimpse of Paul Allen’s crazy space venture: The largest airplane in history, a 385-foot (117-meter) wingspan beast designed to carry and launch a giant rocket to space, with a combined weigh of 1,200,000 pounds (540,000 kg)! Check out the mind-blowing photos.
But first, watch this video to observe the tail sections on the twin fuselage.
Now look at the scale of part of those tail sections compared to the humans in the photos.
And that’s only the tail sections! Insane. This graphic compares the Roc—as they call it—with other planes, like the 747-8, the Airbus A-380-800 or the ill-fated Hughes H-4 Spruce Goose.
If you think this will go nowhere, remember that we are talking about Paul Allen—who has more money than god—and Gary L. Wentz, Jr., the project leader who was the former Chief Engineer of the Science and Mission Systems at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.