Airlander 10 the largest aircraft in the world finally flies

After complications on Sunday and subsequent delays, the Airlander 10 – the biggest aircraft in the world – has had its maiden voyage, spending 20 minutes in the air.

According to Wings Journal, the airplane and helicopter hybrid landed successfully at Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire.

Airlander 10 is 92m long – 15m longer than the largest passenger plane – and was due to have its first flight on August 14, but technical problems caused the plans to be cancelled.

The aircraft was developed originally by the US government, but British firm Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) took over its progress for civilian use after US defence cutbacks.

If all goes according to plan, Airlander 10 should be able to stay in the sky for up to five days during manned flights and could be used for passenger travel, right through to aid delivery.




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