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Gallery: Branson takes off in Eve

At the Airventure 2009 air show, Virgin Galactic chief, Sir Richard Branson, showed off its mother ship, WhiteKnightTwo aka VMS Eve.
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At the Airventure 2009 air show, Sir Richard Branson, flew Virgin Gallactic's mother ship, WhiteKnightTwo aka VMS Eve, for the first time. The plane is designed to launch a spacecraft, SpaceShipTwo, into space - 50,000 miles above the Earth. For more, read Larry Dignan's blog.

Credit: credit Mark Greenburg, Virgin Gallactic

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Burt Rutan and Richard Branson with the Scaled team.

Credit: credit Mark Greenburg, Virgin Gallactic

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VMS Eve over Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin

Credit: credit Mark Greenburg, Virgin Gallactic

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WMS Eve flying over Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Credit: credit Mark Greenburg, Virgin Gallactic

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Sir Richard Branson looks on as Mohamed Al-Husseiny of Aabar signs a $280 investment deal with Virgin Gallactic.

Credit: credit Mark Greenburg, Virgin Gallactic

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Sir Richard Branson President and founder of Virgin Group and Mohamed Badawy Al Husseiny CEO of Aabar.

Credit: credit Mark Greenburg, Virgin Gallactic

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Sir Richard Branson trains aboard VMS Eve with lead project engineer of the mothership Bob Morgan.

Credit: credit Mark Greenburg, Virgin Gallactic

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Sir Richard with Pete Siebold and Bob Morgain in VMS Eve.

Credit: credit Mark Greenburg, Virgin Gallactic

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A model of Spaceport America, home to Virgin Gallactic's space operations.

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Map location of Spaceport America. It's located in New Mexico near the White Sands Missile Range - about 45 miles north of Las Cruces.

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Spaceport America

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Spaceport America

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Diagram of Spaceport America

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