| Airlander 10, the world’s largest aircraft, has crashed during its second test flight.
The huge ship – nicknamed “The Flying Bum” because of its pert,
By By Eric Limer
round back – crashed as it landed at its base at Cardington Airfield this morning, at the end of its second attempt to fly. Its official name is the Martha Gwyn – however, it gained notoriety not just because of its huge size but the interesting shape of its back.
…It isn’t clear if the ship itself took any damage during the crash.
The ship appears to have run into problems as it was making its way back onto the ground, when it flew into a telegraph pole and began running into problems….
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After maiden flight in Bedfordshire, creators of world’s largest aircraft
say 100 could be in skies within five years
| Above a field in rural Bedfordshire, a shiny, futuristic craft the size of a football pitch ascends majestically into the evening sky, and gawping onlookers crane their necks for a better view. This could be the trailer for the latest Independence Day film, but it is the maiden
flight of the Airlander 10, a helium-filled craft aiming to kickstart a new age of the airship.
It has been a while coming – the first flight had been delayed several times and Wednesday’s takeoff was held up for hours – but once in the air, showing off its curves as it banks and soars for its audience, the Airlander is quite a spectacle.
At 92m long and 43.5m wide, this is the world’s largest aircraft, dwarfing heavyweights such as the Airbus A380 “superjumbo”. It is a bit cheaper, too, with a catalogue price of £25m, compared with $375m (£287m) for an A380.
It can also carry a 10-tonne payload, comparable with military transport helicopters such as the Boeing CH-47 Chinook, the US Air Force’s workhorse of choice. …
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