Flying monolith. Growing up, I was fascinated by the tale of the Spruce Goose, Eccentric Billionaire Howard Hughes’ ill-fated not-quite flying monstrosity. To be fair, the giant wood plane wasn’t bad too look at, but, flying just once, mostly failed to pass muster as a plane. The parallels between that bird and the one Billionaire Paul Allen is building — a plane with a wing-span somewhat larger than a football field that has taken years longer than expected to build and has yet to fly – are obvious. The Stratolaunch is supposed to ferry rockets high in the air, drop them and let them launch into space. Why are they doing this? Will it fly? This story has all the answers.