Virgin Galactic Rolls Out Mothership “WhiteKnightTwo”

Virgin Founder, Sir Richard Branson and SpaceShipOne designer, Burt Rutan, today pulled back the hangar doors on the new WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) carrier aircraft that will ferry SpaceShipTwo and thousands of private astronauts, science packages and payload on the first stage of the Virgin Galactic sub-orbital space experience.

Virgin Galactic WhiteKnightTwo

Virgin Galactic WhiteKnightTwo Mothership Eve

Virgin Galactic WhiteKnightTwo Nose Art

The rollout represents another major milestone in Virgin Galactic’s quest to launch the world’s first private, environmentally benign, space access system for people, payload and science.

Christened “EVE” in honor of Sir Richard’s mother, who performed the official naming ceremony, WK2 is both visually remarkable and represents ground-breaking aerospace technology. The plane, powered by four Pratt and Whitney PW308A engines, is the world’s largest all carbon composite aircraft and many of its component parts have been built using composite materials for the very first time. At 140 ft, the wing spar is the longest single carbon composite aviation component ever manufactured.

Video – WhiteKnightTwo Mothership Roll-Out

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2 thoughts on “Virgin Galactic Rolls Out Mothership “WhiteKnightTwo””

  1. My boy, an aspiring aviator, and I share a passion for aviation, having just launched our own blogs. We came across your site while netsurfing. This is a wonderful site –we especially love the high quliaty photos. Just looking at them makes us feel like flying.

  2. I have always been fascinated by space flight. The winning X-Prize flight excited me as much as myr first flight in an airliner. We included pictures and video of the X-Prize flight in our Newsletter at the time. So now I’m saving up to be one of the Virgin Galactic customers…but I’d rather be the pilot! Thanks for this story.