Pence’s Visit to Mojave in Pictures

Vice President Mike Pence in the cockpit of Stratolaunch aircraft. (Credit: Stratolaunch)

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen visited Stratolaunch and Virgin Galactic during his trip to Mojave on Tuesday.

Vice President Mike Pence poses with Rep. Kevin McCarthy and others in the Stratolaunch hangar. (Credit: Stratolaunch)

The vice president received briefings on Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit during his visit.

Kelly Latimer with Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to Virgin Galactic’s FAITH facility. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

It was Pence’s first visit to the Mojave Air and Space Port.

CJ Sturckow with Mike and Karen Pence in the SpaceShipTwo flight simulator. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)
Vice President Pence and his wife Karen look inside of a SpaceShipTwo under construction. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Holy carp look at that flight deck! Sexy! And a flight engineer station to boot! I wonder if Scaled is going to offer this as a design project like the Long EZ?

  • therealdmt

    Continuing to redefine “hands on leadership”, I see

    😀

  • Douglas Messier

    A design project like the Long EZ?

    Funny idea. The thing is jaw dropping when you see it in person. The size and scale of it is incredible.

    Latest scuttlebutt says it’s not going to fly for about two years and won’t be launching rockets for three. That could shorten but it’s going to be a real challenge to get off the ground.

  • Larry J

    I suspect that other cockpit position is for the launch engineer, not a flight engineer.

  • ThomasLMatula

    As long as it is able to fly to Paul Allen’s museum and qualify as the world’s largest plane it will have served its purpose 🙂

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    I asked myself the same thing, however if you had a flight engineer that’s a lot of software you don’t have to write. On a non production project like this, I’d think that would be a huge savings.

  • ThomasLMatula

    For what its worth, his son is currently a pilot in the U.S. Marines.

  • Larry J

    Yours is a reasonable idea. Scaled doesn’t write any software they don’t have to because of the expense, not only of writing it but of certifying it with the FAA. However, they’re likely using the controllers salvaged from the 747s where they got the engines. One thing is certain – they will have someone manning a launch control position. It just might not be the one shown in the photo.

  • Jimmy S. Overly

    I disagree with Mike Pence on many issues, but I maintain his leadership will be good for the US space industry.

    As for true calling, I think it might be acting…I hear he’s been tapped as the lead in “Horrible Bosses 3”.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    I like his presidential stare. It’s perfect to to be stamped on a coin. Perhaps the penny? That way we’d go from a Lincoln to a …. Pence?

  • redneck

    Groan. So who goes on the sixpence?