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Stratolaunch aces 5th test flight with giant hypersonic aircraft carrier

The Roc carrier aircraft from Stratolaunch which performed its fifth flight test on May 4, 2022. (Image credit: Stratolaunch)

The Roc carrier aircraft, the biggest airplane ever built, completed its fifth test flight this Star Wars Day (May 4).

Roc, made by the hypersonic vehicle company Stratolaunch, is the largest airplane in the world, with a wingspan stretching 385 feet (117 meters) across. The 500,000-pound (about 227,000 kilograms) aircraft is designed to carry hypersonic vehicles into the air. Today, Roc, which looks something like a “double airplane” aced its fifth flight, following its last test flight in February. These tests will ensure that Roc is ready to perform its duties. 

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