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We don’t have any good video of the rocket burn because the sun was almost directly behind Spaceship One when it was launched. If anyone has video of the launch posted online, please let us know so we can link to it.
Departing Palo Alto
Pre-flight inspection, runup and departure from Palo Alto, CA (KPAO). We flew from Palo Alto, south along the California coast to Los Angeles.
Approach and landing at Burbank
We filed IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) into Los Angeles. I flew a simulated ILS (Instrument Landing System) approach to runway 8 at Burbank (KBUR). The approach was good, but the landing wasn’t my finest.
White Knight Taxi & Takeoff
White Knight, with Spaceship One beneath its fuselage, taxis out and takes off from Mojave Airport (KMHV) shortly after 6:30am local time on Monday, June 21st6.
White Knight Climbs to 50,000 Feet
White Knight and chase planes during their climb to 50,000 feet. The sleek, swept wing aircraft at the end of the climb is a Beech Starship, another famous Rutan design.
Spaceship One Landing
Spaceship One, followed by chase planes, lands after its historic surborbital flight.
White Knight Flyby and Landing
White Knight does a victory lap around the airport and lands shortly after Spaceship One.
Returning to Palo Alto
Taxi and takeoff from Burbank, CA (KBUR). We took off in instrument conditions (2.5 miles visibility, low ceiling with haze). We broke through the cloudtops at about 3,000 feet.