The NPR news article Virgin Galactic Space Plane Reaches New Heights In Test Flight links to the Virgin Galactic YouTube video VSS Unity | Third Rocket Powered Flight which is quite beautiful to watch!
I noticed both the sequence of x-craft images (where x = 'space' or 'air') on the main body, and enjoyed how the Sunlight and reflected Earth light plays off of the pattern in a puzzling way.
- What are these patterns, does each represent a historical craft?
- What is the finish used to make the patterns? While the body seems to transition smoothly from matte white to shiny, specular metal moving towards the tail, the patterns also seem somehow to be more than just gray paint. If so, how is this done?