Virgin Galactic Presence Promised For Oshkosh

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When the gigantic WhiteKnightTwo spaceship-hauling airplane rolls out of the hangar in Mojave on July 28 -- the opening day of EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. -- the event will have "real-time ties... back to Oshkosh," EAA President Tom Poberezny promised this week. "We've been in regular communications with our friends at Virgin Galactic and its partner organization, Scaled Composites, to coordinate." The next day, July 29, designer Burt Rutan will arrive at AirVenture along with Virgin Group owner Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic President Will Whitehorn, where they will host a forum and interact with visitors. While WhiteKnightTwo would seem the perfect vehicle for them to arrive in, Whitehorn told Space.com the ship won't start flight tests before September. No public glimpse of SpaceShipTwo is expected before early 2009, he said.

EAA promised to announce more details regarding the Virgin Galactic story at AirVenture as they are finalized. Click here for a video of one of last year's Virgin Galactic events from Oshkosh.