WhiteKnight Vehicles to Appear at Edwards Air Show

Sir Richard Branson with Virgin Galactic pilots, staffers and investors. To his right is Mohamed Badawy Al-Husseiny, CEO of Aabar, which made a $280 million in Virgin Galactic.
Sir Richard Branson with Virgin Galactic pilots, staffers and investors in front of the WhiteKnightTwo.

SCALED COMPOSITES PRESS RELEASE

Scaled Composites’ White Knight One and White Knight Two aircraft will
be making a rare public appearance at the Edwards Air Force Base “Flight Test Nation 2009” Air Show and Open house on October 17, 2009.

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WhiteKnightTwo Tail Strike Raises Questions

Virgin Galactic's VMS Eve during its third test flight in March.
Virgin Galactic's VMS Eve during its third test flight in March. (Credit: Mark Greenberg)

Over at Hyperbola, Rob Coppinger raises a key question about Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo, whose tail struck the ground during a test flight in Mojave on Monday:

It’s further evidence that Scaled Composites, for all its expertise, did not realise the degree that a two fuselage aircraft with a Boeing 757 scale wing would require larger vertical fins…

The big question is, can this WK2 prototype carry SpaceShipTwo (SS2)? A provocative question but while landing in a 15kt crosswind presents such a challenge the carriage of SS2 is not going to occur any time soon.

An excellent question, indeed.

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