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[i]Flight International has learned that WK2 prime contractor Scaled Composites' test pilot Peter Siebold was finding it hard to keep the aircraft on the runway during the 20 December high-speed taxi trials preceding its maiden flight the following day. This could be due to inadequate yaw damping.
...Virgin Galactic president Will Whitehorn told Flight International: "There are no issues we know of at all at this stage which will affect the programme or the overall design [of the WK2]. It is beyond ridiculous. I am afraid to comment on alleged take-off cockpit dialogue during a first flight which then went to 16,000ft [4,880m] and landed without a hitch."[/i]
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