Stratolaunch to Scale

Credit: Douglas Messier

Ever wonder just how big the Stratolaunch carrier aircraft will be when it gets built? This picture provides a pretty good idea.

That’s one of the two Boeing 747-422 jetliners that Scaled Composites is stripping for parts parked in front of the Stratolaunch hangar in Mojave. The white doors show the outline with clearance of the Stratolaunch aircraft, which will have a 385-foot wingspan.

It makes that 747 look pretty small, doesn’t it? And that plane is the third largest civilian jetliner ever built behind the 747-800 and the Airbus A380.

It will be really interesting to see the Stratolaunch rolled out of that hangar a few years from now. Carbon Goose? Space Goose? Birdzilla? I don’t know if those nicknames will be adequate once this thing starts flying.