Scaled Composites Model 318 White Knight

@ Edwards Air Force Base

October 2009

Attending the Edwards AFB Open House is always a treat due to the unique aircraft that can be encountered there.  Also known as White Knight One, this jet-powered Burt Rutan creation gained fame as the carrier aircraft for the successful SpaceShipOne program during their campaign to win the X-Prize.  This close-up shows the mission markings on the fuselage.  During its post X-Prize career, this aircraft was used for drop tests of the Boeing X-37 spaceplane (designated by the lower row of markings)  Nikon D70s w/ 35-70mm, processed with Aperture.

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