This 302-feet-long craft was first developed as part of a US Army project which was then abandoned in 2012. Now a British firm has converted the aircraft – a cross between an airship and an aeroplane – for civilian use. It will fly to 4,000 feet at speeds of up to 46 mph in a series of test flights…
The world’s largest aircraft, known fondly as the ‘Flying Bum’, left its hangar for the first time today.
The Airlander 10, which cost £25million to build over 10 years, is 92 metres long and pumped with a million cubic feet of helium.
The part-plane, part-airship left its hangar in Cardington, Bedfordshire at 4am today to commence a brief series of ground systems tests before its official first flight.