WhiteKnightTwo to Make Debut at Oshkosh

Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo with Burt Rutan and Richard Branson
Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo with Burt Rutan and Richard Branson

EAA PRESS RELEASE

When Virgin Galactic Mothership “Eve” (formerly known as WhiteKnightTwo) arrives and executes several low passes on July 27 to kick off the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 weeklong series of showcase flights and air shows, she’ll be performing the first of four scheduled flight demonstrations. The Monday arrival will be Virgin Mothership (VMS) Eve’s first appearance before a general-public audience.

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Virgin Galactic to Roll Out WhiteKnightTwo in July; Team to Visit Oshkosh Air Show

Virgin Galactic plans to roll out its WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft in Mojave, Calif. on July 28, according to published reports. The London-based company has invited 254 would-be space tourists who have plopped down $20,000 to $200,000 for suborbital joyrides to the ceremony.

WhiteKnightTwo is expected to fly in September, Leonard David reports at Space.com. Company president Will Whitehorn tells David that Virgin has planned an “incredibly conservative” test flight program for the mother ship and SpaceShipTwo before flying passengers on suborbital tourism flights.

The roll out will be coordinated with the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 air show in Wisconsin, which runs from July 28 to August 3.

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