So there's a lot of excitement about the new (and massive) Stratolaunch

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Split bodies are uncommon (although launching spacecraft from them commercially is a new thing). The only other airframe that I've seen like this would be Virgin's White Knight 2 (also a spacecraft launcher). Do any other aircraft use a split body like this?


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Depends on how you define it but there have been a variety over the years:

...although launching spacecraft from them commercially is a new thing

This is not entirely true, piggy backing rocket planes on larger aircraft has been widely done since the 50's

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    $\begingroup$ The Yak-110 also comes to mind. $\endgroup$ Feb 27, 2018 at 16:04
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    $\begingroup$ Don't forget the He 111Z $\endgroup$ Feb 27, 2018 at 16:41
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    $\begingroup$ Don't forget the baffling arrangement of the BV-141 either $\endgroup$
    – user28387
    Feb 27, 2018 at 18:34
  • $\begingroup$ also, It's a tiny bit of a stretch but what about any of the AeroVironment craft? Their avionics were housed in several "pods" Then again maybe that plane had no body at all. Just a propellers and solar cells. $\endgroup$
    – user28387
    Feb 27, 2018 at 18:34

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