Published on : Thursday, February 16, 2017
The £25m, blimp-like craft suffered considerable damage to its cockpit, which is larger than six double-decker buses. It has now been rebuilt meaning test flights can resume.
The aircraft was first developed for the US government as a long-endurance surveillance ship but was later neglected due to defence cutbacks and the slump in popularity of airships following the Hindenburg disaster in 1937.
HAV launched a campaign to develop and fly the Airlander agai. It is about 50ft longer than the biggest passenger jets and uses helium to become airborne, travelling at speeds of up to 92mph.
It has no internal structure, maintaining its shape due to the pressure stabilization of the helium inside the hull, and the smart and strong Vectran material it is made of.
It also does not require a runway, being able to take-off and land vertically, and should be able to remain airborne for about five days during manned flights.
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