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    BBC News: Airlander 10: Maiden flight at last for longest aircraft.
    The maiden flight of the world's longest aircraft has begun - after a previous attempt was abandoned at the last minute.

    The Airlander 10 - which is part plane and part airship - took off from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire.

    Its original test flight on Sunday was postponed, but it finally left the ground at 19:40 BST.

    The 25m aircraft measures 302ft (92m) long and is about 50ft (15m) longer than the biggest passenger jets.
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    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.

    British firm Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) launched a campaign to return the Airlander 10 to the skies in May 2015.

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

    HAV claims it could be used for a variety of functions such as surveillance, communications, delivering aid and even passenger travel. The company hopes to be building 10 Airlanders a year by 2021.
    Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...herts-37111527


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    25m for 2 big bags of wind!
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    Default Re: Airlander 10 Achieves Maiden Flight

    two balloons do not constitute an aircraft....
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    Default Re: Airlander 10 Achieves Maiden Flight

    I agree with Dunny, you only need one....


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    I thought it looked like, er....anyway, somebody else got the word out before me. Flying Bum.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...ad-flight.html
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    "Some have hailed the Airlander as the future of air travel because, unlike conventional aeroplanes, it emits little pollution and is not noisy enough to disturb people on the ground."


    Fine if you've a couple of weeks to get where you want to go and the wind is in the right direction...... D'Oh!
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    Hope it lives up to what the designers want. Just got to keep away from giving the craft individual names like Brabazon or Spruce Goose
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    And its "crashed".......... Luckily no one has been hurt. Looks like a nose in contact with terra ferma, this is going to put things on hold for a while.
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    BBC News: The world's longest aircraft - the Airlander 10 - has been damaged after nosediving on landing during its second test flight. The 302ft (92m) long aircraft - which is part plane and part airship - was damaged during the flight from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire.

    The 25m craft is understood to have sustained damage to its cockpit when it hit the ground at about 11:00 BST.

    HAV, the developer, said all the crew were "safe and well". A spokesman said: "The flight went really well and the only issue was when it landed.".
    Appears to have missed the flare portion in the landing.



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    It turns out we're not alone. The yanks have a leading rival, Lockheed Martin P-791.
    Wikipeda: The P-791 was designed as part of the U.S. Army's Long Endurance Multi-intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) program, but lost the program's competition to Northrop Grumman's HAV-3 design. The P-791 was modified to be a civil cargo aircraft under the name SkyTug, with a lift capability of 20 short tons (18,000 kg) and plans to scale larger.

    In March 2016, Straightline Aviation signed a Letter of intent for 12 airships, valued at $480 million.
    http://www.lockheedmartin.co.uk/us/p...idAirship.html
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