Wednesday, August 17, in the area of Cardington (County of Bedfordshire, England, where in the past was the centre of British airship, held its first successful flight test of the world’s largest aircraft, Airlander 10, the website of the newspaper the Daily Telegraph.
Airlander 10 is a hybrid plane, blimp and helicopter. Its length is about 92 metres. The developers believe that the aircraft can climb to a height of nearly 5 km and can reach speeds of up to 150 km/h, with a working capacity of 10 tons. This aircraft can fly without landing and without a pilot three weeks and sit on the ground or on the water.
Airlander exceeds in length the largest passenger aircraft Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8 approximately 20 metres and approximately ten metres longer than the Antonov An-225. His own weight up to 38 tons. The crew consists of two people, an unmanned mode.
The vessel is equipped with a helium-filled cylinders. However, the shape of the Airlander allows him to use the lift, as the wing of the aircraft.
The airship was constructed by the company Hybrid Air Vehicles in 2009 for the U.S. army. However, the contract was terminated due to budget cuts.
In the development of the Airlander 10, the British government has invested about $3.7 million, reports TASS. Funding this project and soloist of the famous rock band Iron Maiden Bruce Dickinson.