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Microsoft alum Paul Allen unveiled the world’s largest airplane

Stratolaunch, a company founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, gave the first look at the world’s largest plane based on wingspan. The aircraft weighs about 500,000 pounds and the wingspan measures 385 feet…longer than an NFL football field. USA TODAY

The aeronautics company founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen provided the first look at the world’s largest airplane based on wingspan.

The airplane from Stratolaunch weighs 500,000 pounds, and rested on all 28 wheels without support for the first time, the company revealed in a statement.

“This was a crucial step in preparing the aircraft for ground testing, engine runs, taxi tests, and ultimately first flight,” said Jean Floyd, CEO of Stratolaunch, in a statement.

The plane is the largest in the world based on wingspan, measuring 385 feet, which is longer than a NFL football field.

The Stratolaunch aircraft features two cockpits and six Boeing 747 engines. It’s capable of carrying payloads up to 550,000 pounds.

Allen founded the company in 2011 as part of a plan to make travel to low Earth orbit more accessible.

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