Stratolaunch’s Roc—the world’s biggest airplane by wingspan—was built by Scaled Composites as a one-of-a-kind air-launch platform for aerial vehicles and aerospace research. Roc is expected to begin commercial operations late this year from its base at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port.

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The World’s Largest Airplane: By the Numbers

At Stratolaunch’s facility at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port (KMHV), engineers, technicians, and flight crews are preparing the world’s largest airplane for its next test flight. Here are a few key facts and figures highlighting the one-of-a-kind air-to-launch carrier airplane known as Roc.

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Comparing the World’s Largest Airplanes

The gargantuan size of modern mega-planes would eclipse the tiny Wright Flyer that spurred on the aviation industry more than a century ago. In fact, the wingspans alone of these airplanes stretch wider than the entire 120-foot distance flown by the Wright brothers.

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