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Watch: Branson Guests Get Thrill Riding in Tandem with Spaceship


Journalists and guests of Sir Richard Branson got a space and aviation thrill yesterday when they were invited to ride in the new Virgin America A320 Airbus as it escorted WhiteKnightTwo, the carrier aircraft for the world's first commercial spaceship, on the inaugural landing at its brand new terminal at San Francisco International. The terminal opens April 14.

Guests aboard the A320 watched excitedly as WhiteKnight Two, carrying SpaceShipTwo, swooped out of the sky to line up with the aircraft and ride in tandem over the Golden Gate Bridge and into SFO.

Branson, Gavin Newsom, and Buzz Aldrin were among guests aboard the aircraft.

Watch a very cool clip from inside the plane, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. wow! though i have to say the spaceship looks like a connie

    Posted by: supine | Apr 7, 2011 9:55:04 AM

  2. every time I hear his name I immediately think of that SNL skit.

    "What gave me away?"
    "Well you showed up for work in a space shuttle, you parachuted into a meeting, and then you screamed 'I am Sir Richard Branson'"
    "I did! I own all this!"

    Posted by: poison | Apr 7, 2011 10:47:11 AM

  3. Sir R. Branson is one great guy, who gets a thrill of investing his money on technology. I don't recall any other billionaire who does that (Cheney who?)

    Posted by: Chris in Irvine | Apr 7, 2011 11:56:40 AM

  4. Branson is full of self promotion and BS. He really got his big break it is said sleeping with Margret Thatcher and getting the landing rights at Heathrow to start Virgin Atlantic since that is where most of his wealth comes from. The record stores, soda, and other stuff either failed or didnt amount to much.

    Posted by: miami | Apr 8, 2011 4:54:26 AM

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