World's largest aircraft completes test flight in UK

  • World's largest aircraft completes test flight in UK
24-05-2017 | Pratidin Bureau. |

A massive aircraft dubbed the Airlander 10 recently completed a successful test flight, bringing the helium-filled behemoth one step closer to commercial use.
The Airlander 10 combines technology from airplanes, helicopters and airships. It is designed to fly at altitudes of 6,100 meters for up to five days.
The length of the airship is 92 metres (302 feet) and 43.5m wide. It is the largest aircraft currently flying.
On May 10th, the Airlander 10 flew for a total of 180 minutes to test the aircraft's handling, improved landing technology and more. It first debuted as HAV-304, and successfully flew in 2012 as part of the U.S. Army’s Long Endurance Multi-intelligence Vehicle program.
Airlander 10's Chief Test Pilot, Dave Burns said that during the successful test flight in Cardington, UK, the Airlander 10 handled superbly.
A statement from Hybrid Air Vehicles said the flight test team was "very pleased" with its initial analysis of the Airlander 10.

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