First Images of the World's Largest Plane

By Jesus Diaz on at

Holy crap, it's real! Behold the first glimpse of 47th richest person in the world Paul Allen's crazy space venture: the largest plane in history, a 117-metre-wingspan beast designed to carry and launch a giant rockets to space, with a combined weight of 540,000kg! Check this out:

First images of the world's largest airplane

Now watch this concept video to observe the tail sections on the twin fuselage:

And now look at the scale of part of those tail sections compared to the humans in the photos:

First images of the world's largest airplane

First images of the world's largest airplane

First images of the world's largest airplane

And that's only the tail sections! Insane. This graphic compares the Roc – as they call it – with other planes, like the 747-8, the Airbus A-380-800 or the ill-fated Hughes H-4 Spruce Goose.

First images of the world's largest airplane

If you think this will go nowhere, remember that we are talking about Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen – who has more money than god – and Gary L. Wentz, Jr, the project leader who was the former chief engineer of the Science and Mission Systems at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Centre.