World largest aircraft – Airlander 10 is a hybrid flying miracle

World largest aircraftWorld largest aircraft is an amazing invention. But what is so spectacular about it?

Things have started to move again for aviation. The Solar Impulse finished its flight around the globe. Also, we’re witnessing the mass production of light, electric aircraft. Nevertheless, we also want to focus on the weird side of aviation. This is the Airlander 10, the largest aircraft. It’s part-plane, part-helicopter, and part-airship. It’s nicknamed the “flying bum” and Hybrid Air Vehicles is the manufacturer that stands behind the design. The Airlander 10 got its nickname thanks to its appearance – its bulbous front end.

But, what is so special about a hybrid flying machine that looks like a behind?

World largest aircraft – Airlander 10 is a hybrid flying miracle

World largest aircraftWell, we should turn our attention to the way it works to find out. First of all, the Airlander 10 doesn’t need a runway; it’s a part-helicopter, remember? In addition, it’s cheaper and greener and can stay aloft for days.

That means the world largest aircraft can reach an altitude of 16,000 feet. It is 302-foot-long and more interestingly, it is filled with 1.3 million cubic feet of helium. That’s why, to a certain extent, it appears as a big white balloon in the air. Taking into consideration its abilities, it’s supposed to prove highly useful regarding humanitarian aid deliveries and surveillance. At least, that is why the manufacturer says.

And as with every good project, it’s a thrill to see its first tryout. The world largest aircraft took off its maiden flight right there, in the UK. With the engines roaring, the helium-filled vehicle rose into the air, 45 miles north of London, from Cardington airfield.

The world largest aircraft performed a circuit of the area quite successfully to the amazement of hundreds of local watchers. With its first flight, the world largest aircraft reached a maximum speed of 35 knots. Moreover, it climbed to 500 feet. It was one hell of a 19-minute flight, wasn’t it?
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