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.

  • Stuart

    Pease forgive me for asking but I have to ask… from this picture…How will they get a twin tailed craft out of the door that is only designed for a single tail aircraft?

  • dr

    As far as I know the hangar in the picture is bespoke for the Stratolaunch aircraft and has been built in the past few years. So all I can say is that the tails of the aircraft must be lower than the top of the door, otherwise they have built the hangar too small. The design for the aircraft existed before this hangar was built.

  • “Duece Goose”

  • Stuart

    thanks dr

  • Andy

    Deuce Goose is a good one. I was thinking Carbon Condor, but Deuce Goose is better.