On April 13, 2019, the world watched as the largest plane on Earth took flight for the first time in Mojave, California, soaring above the dusty orange mountains less than an hour after sunrise.

Countless photos, videos and live streams flooded social media feeds. The crew on the ground threw their arms up in victory and cheered. Years of hard work had finally paid off. History had been made.

From the moments of anticipation just before takeoff to the joyous celebrations after landing, we’ve compiled the best photos we captured from that day. Congratulations again to the Stratolaunch and Scaled Composites teams for this truly epic maiden flight.

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READING LIST

Stratolaunch First Flight: Our Favorite Moments

By The Editors

A Historic Flight: Stratolaunch Takes Off for the First Time

By The Editors

Stratolaunch: By the Numbers

By The Editors

Tackling the Space Challenge

By Paul G. Allen