London,August 19: World’s largest aircraft flew for the first time on Wednesday with a short but historic jaunt over an airfield in central England.
It has been nicknamed as ‘flying bum’ because of its bulbous front end.
Helium-filled airship with a blimp-shaped is considered the world’s largest aircraft flew for the first time on Wednesday with a short but historic jaunt over an airfield in central England.
Engines roaring, the 302-foot Airlander 10 rose slowly into the air from Cardington airfield, 45 miles north of London.
Designed to use less fuel than a plane, the Airlander has been designed to carry heavier loads than conventional airships.Its developer, Hybrid Air Vehicles, says it can reach 16,000 feet, travel at up to 90 miles-per-hour and stay aloft for up to two weeks.
Chief executive Stephen McGlennan said he thinks there will be plenty of customers for the vehicle – both civilian and military – because of its potential to gather data and conduct surveillance for days on end.
The vast aircraft is based at Cardington, where the first British airships were built during and after World War I.