Airlander 10- World’s largest aircraft makes first flight

Published on : Thursday, August 18, 2016

Airlander 10Airlander 10, the world’s largest aircraft made its maiden flight on Wednesday, after a previous attempt was abandoned in the last minute.


The hybrid airship took off from the UK’s Cardington Airfield on 17 August 2016 for a short 19-minute flight. In this journey, Airlander 10’s four engines powered the aircraft on an 8km journey at a height of 152 metres and a maximum speed of 65kph.


The Airlander 10 is part plane and part airship. The £25m aircraft measures 302ft (92m) long and is about 50ft (15m) longer than the biggest passenger jets.


The two test pilots said they were happy with the performance of Airlander.


Chief test pilot, David Burns said that, it was privilege to fly the Airlander for the first time and it flew wonderfully. He added that it flew like a dream and he is really excited to get it airborne.


Christened the Martha Gwyn, the aircraft was first developed for the US government as a surveillance aircraft but the project was shelved amid defence cutbacks.


The huge aircraft will be able to stay airborne for around five days during manned flights.


They can take off and land from almost anywhere, without the need for airports.


British firm Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) claims it could be used for a variety of functions such as surveillance, communications, delivering aid and even passenger travel.

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