White Knight in patent form aircraft, drawings, spacecraft Jun 272011 Patent drawings (design patent D612,791) for the Scaled Composites “White Knight carried aircraft, part of SpaceShipTwo. Michael Holt It looks like the wild stuff from the “1946” Luftwaffe secret projects fantasy world. Would it have been less expensive to lease a B-52? admin > Would it have been less expensive to lease a B-52? Almost certainly *not.* If the intent was a “stunt,” maybe, but certainly not for an operational vehicle which would be intended to fly many, many times. Pat Flannery There was actually a German design that looked a lot like the original White Knight, and I always wondered if Rutan was inspired by it: http://www.luft46.com/db/dbbomba.html WK 2 has a German ancestor also, that actually got built as a glider tug: http://www.aviastar.org/air/germany/he-111z.php It looked mighty strange, but pilots who flew it said it had surprisingly benign, if somewhat sluggish, handling characteristics. I applaud whoever figured out to avoid flutter on WK 2’s wing, particularly given the twin fuselages and what turning would be like in how they would flex the wing. http://www.x.co/Jeb4 gaetano marano . so, they’ve patented the airplane… the SS2 is TOO dangerous x.co/Jeb4 . Michael Antoniewicz II Didn’t Aldrin and Barnes cover this *exact* design (including saying that it would be done by Burt Rutan) back in 1996’s ‘Encounter With Tiber’?!? Talk about “prior art”.