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'Flying Bum' airship has crashed already

August 24, 2016 | Comment icon 10 comments



It is unclear how much damage the airship sustained. Image Credit: YouTube / Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander
The world's largest aircraft, the Airlander 10, has crashed while landing in a field after a test flight.
The 300ft behemoth, which has acquired the nickname 'Flying Bum' due to its unfortunate shape, was developed as part of a US Army project that was discontinued back in 2012.

Providing the advantages of both an airship and an airplane, the Airlander 10 does not have an internal structure like traditional airships but instead becomes rigid once it is filled with gas.
Capable of taking off vertically like a helicopter and reaching speeds of up to 90mph, the vehicle can stay in the air for up to two weeks at a time and can carry both cargo and passengers.

Earlier this year there was much excitement about the airship's upcoming maiden voyage, but now unfortunately following only a limited run of test flights this week the Airlander 10 has managed to sustain damage already after getting in to difficulty while attempting to land in a field.

British manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles maintains that it didn't hit a telegraph pole as some reports have suggested however it remains unclear exactly what happened during the incident.



Source: Reuters | Comments (10)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
Whatever happened to it, I'm glad no one was near it when it came down.  The "Bum" definitely looked front heavy.  I really don't see how an airship travelling 90 mph is cost effective unless it's a whole lot cheaper than using trucks.  Trucks will still be needed to get the materials to and from the airports being used.  I realize fuel prices are much higher in Europe than here in the US, but visions of the Hindenburg keep popping into my head.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Child of Bast 6 years ago
Someone couldn't get this fat bum off the ground...? Seriously, though, I'm glad there were no injuries.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Lilly 6 years ago
Bums were not meant to fly. I mean, the aerodynamics of a bum just isn't gonna cut it.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Hammerclaw 6 years ago
They'll have to find a way to use vectored thrust to keep her on an even keel while landing. The impression you get from the photo is that she's nose-heavy but that may be because of the way she's tethered. post: Just watched the film clip; definitely nose heavy The gondola is positioned too far forward and is too exposed.
Comment icon #5 Posted by MisterSuperGod 6 years ago
Has anyone seen my bum? i parked the damn thing right here... Excuse me, sir, have you seen my bum?
Comment icon #6 Posted by lilthor 6 years ago
One can only imagine the sound it made when it hit the ground
Comment icon #7 Posted by Calibeliever 6 years ago
That's gonna leave a mark.
Comment icon #8 Posted by psyche101 6 years ago
Comment icon #9 Posted by Blizno 6 years ago
paperdyer, I don't think this is intended to replace trucks and trains. This is probably meant to get a load of cargo to a place where trucks and trains aren't well suited or as a flying cruise ship where passengers expect the trip to take days. It won't need an airport, just a large enough open space to hover as it's being loaded. Also, this uses helium like all lighter than air craft these days. Helium can't ignite like the hydrogen used in the Hindenberg. I think the greatest danger to craft like these is wind. Hammerclaw, I'm going to guess that there's a system for shifting the center of ... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Olate1 6 years ago
A cargo of beans will get it off the ground.


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