Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo Flies For the First TimeS

We saw ground tests last week, but yesterday morning WhiteKnightTwo-the funky-looking double-wide plane that will take SpaceShipTwo and its cargo of millionaires on suborbital spaceflights-finally took off on its maiden voyage.

The flight lasted just under an hour, and apparently all went according to plan. You can see some brief in-flight videos at Flightglobal.

I'm digging the design, resembling the two P-51s bolted together for the F-82 Twin Mustang-the last piston-engined fighter ever ordered into producation by the USAF. [Space Fellowship via Slashdot, Photo: Alan Radecki]