Virgin Galactic Pilot Flies WhiteKnightTwo on 80th Flight

Virgin Galactic pilot Keith Colmer gets dunked after flying WhiteKnightTwo. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

WhiteKnightTwo was out flying solo on Wednesday from the Mojave Air & Space Port. Virgin Galactic posted the above photo on its public Google+ page today with the following caption describing the aircraft’s 80th flight:

“One of our pilots, Keith Colmer, got to fly WhiteKnightTwo. Keith’s flown a wide range of commercial, military, and general aviation aircraft, but flying part of a reusable space system was first for him.

“Your humble G+ scribe asked him what he thought of the flight, and he told me: “It was an outstanding first flight. White Knight 2 has phenomenal performance…the climb out was spectacular! Thanks to all of the crew chiefs and engineers at Scaled and TSC for working extra hard to get the flight accomplished.”

“Pictured here, we engage Keith in a little post-first-flight tradition.”