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Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen Unveils world’s Largest Aircraft With Two Cockpits

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen unveiled the world’s largest aircraft on Wednesday.

The massive plane rolled out by Allen’s aerospace firm, Stratolaunch Systems, features the longest wingspan of any aircraft ever built, according to Popular Mechanics.

With a wingspan of 385 feet, the six-engine plane will be larger than Howard Hughes’ 1947 H-4 Hercules, known as the ‘Spruce Goose,’ and the Antonov An-225, a Soviet-era cargo plane originally built to transport the Buran space shuttle that is currently the world’s largest aircraft.

The Stratolaunch is an aircraft that is designed tocarry rockets between its two fuselages.

In 2011, the project’s cost was initially estimated to be at $300million, though there is no word as to the updated figures.

After the plane reaches altitude, it would then drop the launch vehicle, which will subsequently fire its boosters and launch into space from the air.

he Stratolaunch, seen above being rolled out of its hangar in California’s Mojave Desert on Wednesday, is an aircraft that is designed to carry rockets between its two fuselages.

The Stratolaunch weights approximately 500,000 pounds without any cargo.

It is designed to carry a maximum takeoff weight of 1.3million pounds.

The plane was built by Scaled Composites, an aerospace company founded by Allen’s partner in the Stratolaunch project, Burt Rutan.

The plane rolls around with the aid of 28 wheels.

The advantage of Allen’s (above) approach will be the ability to position the plane so satellites can be directly delivered into very precise orbits and do so quickly, without launch range scheduling issues and weather-related delays.

Traditionally, satellites and other aircraft have been launched into space from a launchpad.

The graphic above illustrates the Stratolaunch’s wingspan compared to other aircraft models, including the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental and the Airbus A380-800.

Allen made his fortune alongside Bill Gates.

The two men co-founded Microsoft, which changed the way the world uses personal computers.

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All Music Comes From Africa – Tiwa Savage Says On Afrobeats’ Global Appeal

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In a recent interview, award-winning singer Tiwa Savage dished on her new movie “Water & Garri.” This film marks her acting debut and her first time as an executive producer. Tiwa felt it was time to explore her creativity beyond music. “Water & Garri” was the perfect opportunity.

The movie hit streaming services on May 10, 2024. It had a killer soundtrack featuring Afrobeats stars like Ayra Starr, Young Jonn, and Black Sheriff.

Speaking of Ayra Starr, she also joined the interview and showered Tiwa with praise. She called her a shining example of female African artists taking the world by storm. The feeling was mutual; Tiwa called Ayra Starr a talented and genuine person she admires deeply.

Another highlight of the interview was Tiwa gushing about collaborating with Brandy. The American R&B singer inspired her to pursue music in the first place. This moment, she said, was a dream come true.

On a broader note, Tiwa championed Afrobeats’ global rise.

She views it as a beautiful homecoming for African music, finally getting the recognition it deserves after influencing music for so long.

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Ayo Edebiri Says She Left The Church Because Of Her LGBTQ Friends

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Ayo Edebiri, a Nigerian-American actress, recently shared why she left the Pentecostal church she grew up in.

Edebiri, who won awards for her acting, said her beliefs changed a lot after moving to New York. Raised in a strict religious household by Nigerian immigrant parents, she attended a Pentecostal church with her mom.

The church had strict rules about clothing, not allowing jewellery, revealing clothing, or anything form-fitting. She also found the church’s teachings about the second coming of Jesus to be very anxiety-provoking. One of the things that most bothered her was the idea that her friends who were gay or Muslim wouldn’t go to heaven.

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Timini Egbuson Is The Highest Grossing Nollywood Actor For 2023

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Film distribution and production company FilmOne, after crunching the numbers, has crowned Timini Egbuson as Nollywood’s king of the box office in 2023.

This means the movies Egbuson starred in were the biggest money-makers of the year. It draws in the most viewers. But Egbuson wasn’t the only actor with box-office clout. Keep reading to see who else made FilmOne’s list of top earners for 2023!

Timini Egbuson, highest-grossing Nollywood actor for 2023 | Fab.ng

Timini Egbuson is a well-respected Nollywood actor. He’s known for his role in the long-running TV series “Tinsel” and starred in the 2023 blockbuster “A Tribe Called Judah.” He’s also an award winner, having taken home the African Magic Viewer’s Choice Award for Best Actor in a Drama back in 2020.

Last year was a busy one for Timini Egbuson; he appeared in a total of nine Nollywood films, including titles like “The Kujus Again,” “Honey Money,” and “Something Like Gold.”

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