Picture of the week #3 - Space Ship One

July 09, 2016  •  Leave a Comment



White Knight & Space Ship One at EAA Oshkosh 2005

From July 26th till July 31st, 2005,  Space Ship One was taken to the EAA Oshkosh WI, together with Scaled Composites Model 318 “White Knight”  which was the jet-powered carrier aircraft used to launch” SpaceShipOne”  the experimental spacecraft.

Both craft were developed and flown by Mojave Aerospace Ventures, which was a joint venture between Paul Allen and Scaled Composites,  Sir Richard Branson, and Burt Rutan's aviation company.   

On 17 December 2003—on the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers first powered flight of an aircraft—SpaceShipOne, piloted by Brian Binnie made its first rocket-powered flight, and became the first privately built craft to achieve supersonic flight.


After the EAA Airverture on July 31st, Mike Melvill and crew flew the White Knight, carrying SpaceShipOne, to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and since October 5th 2005, it's one of the master pieces at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

 

Picture take at July 31st 2005  with  CANON EOS 1D and 100-400mm lens


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