I just watched an interesting (but I think, questionable) presentation on the TV
Travel Channel where it is proposed that a "conventional 747 jetliner could *easily* tow a 1-million pound commercial space vehicle to 20,000 feet and release it". Then the space vehicle would accelerate to give the passengers an around the world sightseeing flight at supposedly near Shuttle altitudes.
I don't have my calculator handy, and even if I did, I don't think I could figure this out, but, on surface it seems to me it would be stretching feasibility to tow one million lbs from rotate to 20,000 feet? Isn't the MTOW of the "greatest" 74 right at about a million lbs? Am I missing something here, or is this just another TV