Gallery: Branson takes off in Eve

At the Airventure 2009 air show, Sir Richard Branson, flew Virgin Gallactic's mother ship, WhiteKnightTwo aka VMS Eve, for the first time. The plane is designed to launch a spacecraft, SpaceShipTwo, into space - 50,000 miles above the Earth. For more, read Larry Dignan's blog.

Credit: credit Mark Greenburg, Virgin Gallactic