WhiteKnight Vehicles to Appear at Edwards Air Show

Sir Richard Branson with Virgin Galactic pilots, staffers and investors. To his right is Mohamed Badawy Al-Husseiny, CEO of Aabar, which made a $280 million in Virgin Galactic.
Sir Richard Branson with Virgin Galactic pilots, staffers and investors in front of the WhiteKnightTwo.

SCALED COMPOSITES PRESS RELEASE

Scaled Composites’ White Knight One and White Knight Two aircraft will
be making a rare public appearance at the Edwards Air Force Base “Flight Test Nation 2009” Air Show and Open house on October 17, 2009.

The White Knight One, renowned for its role as the mothership for SpaceShipOne, the first civilian reusable suborbital spacecraft, is back in the air, this time as a high altitude aerodynamic test bed in support of the Air Force Research Lab and Northrop Grumman Corporation. The aircraft will be on static display during the airshow.

The airliner-sized White Knight Two – painted in the livery of Virgin Galactic and dubbed VMS Eve – was built under contract for Virgin Galactic and will serve as a high-altitude mothership — not just for the commercial passenger-carrying SpaceShipTwo but also potentially for unmanned rockets carrying orbital satellites.

This versatile aircraft is capable of flying the steep approach and landing profile of SpaceShipTwo and is designed to handle flight loads approaching those of a modern fighter aircraft while also being capable of flying “zero-G” parabolas to simulate the weightlessness of space for astronaut trainees, micro-gravity science experiments, and space instrument proving applications.

VMS Eve will arrive at 11:00 am and perform a brief aerial display with a spaceship-style approach and landing, and then park adjacent to its sister ship for public display.