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'Flying Bum' airship preps for maiden flight


Posted on Friday, 26 February, 2016 | Comment icon 12 comments

The Airlander 10 during an early test flight. Image Credit: YouTube / Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander
The world's largest aircraft, the Airlander 10, will be embarking on its maiden voyage next month.
Nicknamed the 'Flying Bum' due to its unfortunate shape, the 300ft-long airship was originally developed as part of a US Army project that was discontinued back in 2012.

A cross between an airship and an airplane, the vessel's construction was later taken over by British company Hybrid Air Vehicles and now, following years of hard work, the helium-filled behemoth is almost ready to begin its new job providing business and leisure flights.

Larger than any other aircraft currently operating anywhere in the world, the Airlander 10 does not have an internal structure like traditional airships but instead becomes rigid once it is filled with gas.

"The very latest materials, which are both strong and light, are used throughout the manufacture of our cutting-edge Airlander 10, ranging from the bespoke hull fabric to the mainly carbon composite Mission Module, Fuel Module, Ducts and engine support battens," the firm wrote.

"We produce less noise, less pollution, have a lower carbon footprint than conventional aircraft, and have longer endurance and better cargo-carrying capacity than any other flying vehicle."

Capable of taking off vertically like a helicopter, the vessel is propelled by four 350hp, four-litre V8 diesel engines and will be able to reach speeds of up to 90mph at a height of 20,000ft.


Source: Mail Online | Comments (12)

Tags: Airlander 10, Airship


 
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Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer on 26 February, 2016, 13:43
At speeds of 90 mph would make a coast to coast flight a cruise ship experience.
Comment icon #4 Posted by fred_mc on 28 February, 2016, 13:21
It's pretty cool with airships I think. I wonder why the US Army want to have their name on it though, it's like they are saying "We've designed this to make it really easy for our enemies to destroy it, it is quite slow so it is easy to hit, and one shot is enough to take it out/deflate it.".
Comment icon #5 Posted by Hawkin on 28 February, 2016, 20:51
The side view at a distance would look like a cigar shaped UFO. I bet it will generate reports.
Comment icon #6 Posted by grimsituation6 on 29 February, 2016, 4:22
umm i saw one of these in Key West about 3 years ago, it was huge and was flying, and had it not said U.S. Navy on the side i would have gotten very scared. and it was surprisingly fast, it flew parallel to us on the highway, and we were doing about 75 mph, and it kept up with us for a while, i remember thinking, "really 100 years and we regress back to balloons?"
Comment icon #7 Posted by grimsituation6 on 29 February, 2016, 4:25
def bullcrap about the maiden voyage, maybe this particular model, but i saw the exact same thing 3 years ago, duel exhaust and the 4 fins and all.
Comment icon #8 Posted by grimsituation6 on 29 February, 2016, 4:35
and no its not the triangle that people see, i was out one night walking my dog with my girlfriend and we looked up because it was a clear night, and we saw the triangle, it was black had three "exhaust" looking vents at the tips and in the center it emitted what looked like an energy bubble (only way to describe it), we live in NYC we know what helicopters or drones or planes look like, this thing was none of those. it was silent and hovered slowly while rotating, it then went out of our view for about 30 seconds behind our building, which is on the highest hill in NYC, when we ran ... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by grimsituation6 on 29 February, 2016, 4:41
i also saw another triangle, this was smaller (my guess and i am good at size approximation is that it was about 20ft across) and at first i thought it was a drone, but it went the distance of about 3 miles (i measured from the building it was floating over to my building) in less than a second, and acted as if it knew i was watching it, because it came right to my window, it also had 3 lights that pulsated at the tips, and it would just float there about 200-300 ft away from my window on the third floor. it would shoot up and down 100ft at a time in an instance and then it shot straight up in... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by grimsituation6 on 29 February, 2016, 4:48
this is the first time i reported any of this, if i die you know who did it...
Comment icon #11 Posted by Calibeliever on 29 February, 2016, 14:09
The ability to stay aloft indefinitely seems to be the only real advantage to this aircraft. 90mph is impressive for a dirigible but it only has a payload of 7 tons. Other than a communications or data platform I don't see any military application that would justify the cost / maintenance. Deployment would be a problem too. Are you going to cart this halfway around the world on the deck of a destroyer? I can see why the Army scrapped it. I'm sure it was a logistical nightmare.


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