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The world’s largest airplane may be grounded after a single flightThe aerospace company founded by Paul Allen, Stratolaunch, is closing operations according to a report by Reuters that cited anonymous sources. The company will cease its efforts to challenge traditional aerospace companies in a new “space race,” four people familiar with the matter told the wire service. In response to a query from Ars about potentially ending operations, a spokeswoman for the Seattle-based company replied, "We don’t have any news or announcements to share at this time.… (arstechnica.com) More...
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I cannot think of similar destiny as of the Hughes H-4 Hercules "Spruce Goose". Could be the curse of the "biggest" ever airplanes?
Not really...AN 225 was resurrected and is very productive in it's use. Antonov may even upgrade the engines, since the Ukraine fall out with Russia, to CF6-80C2 engines.
Never understood why it wasn't called the 'Birch Bird', what it was actually made from. Non-factual media journos again to be blamed.
Or the Hughes Hauler
Son of Spruce Goose flies, er, doesn’t