Did Virgin Galactic do a Boeing 787 with the WhiteKnightTwo?

by | Oct 20, 2008 | Virgin Galactic, White Knight | 2 comments

Although this photo has a lot of reflection in it you can see the window portals on the other side of the WhiteKnightTwo’s (WK2) cabin and very feintly you can see the rings of reinforcement of material around them and nothing inbetween, as it were

Compare that to this official photo of the interior of the prototype SpaceShipTwo, which has an identical cabin to the WK2, and the reinforcement ring is plain to see, suggesting that the rumours were right and that the WK2 Virgin Galactic rolled out on 28 July was, like the Boeing 787 at its roll out, just an empty vesselHyperbola had heard rumours that the aircraft had nothing inside but it has only been confirmed more recently by Mojave sources and others that that was the case

It explains why despite claims at the time of imminent flight tests, come the end of September nothing had happened. My sources had not even reported taxi trials or engine run tests

At the end of September Virgin Galactic’s president Will Whitehorn told Flight that “the first flight trials will take place…possibly within the next few weeks.”

We are now three weeks into October and still not even a single taxi trial but last week Forbes.com reported that Sir Richard Branson told them that flight tests would begin in November

I’ll ensure my Meerkats out in the Mojave desert are keeping a watchful eye…

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