World’s largest aircraft makes maiden flight

Airlander 10 designed to stay aloft for weeks at a time
A new helium-filled airship flew for the first time yesterday, on a 30-minute journey above an airfield in central England. The airship, which can be used for passenger as well as corporate and military flights, is designed to stay aloft for weeks at a time.
Considered to be the world’s largest aircraft, the 92-metre Airlander 10 lifted slowly into the air at Cardington airfield, 70 kilometres north of London.
The Airlander uses less fuel than a plane yet carries heavy loads. It can reach altitudes of 16,000 feet (almost 5,000 metres), travel at up to 160 kilometres per hour and stay in the air for up to two weeks.
Its developer, Hybrid Air Vehicles, thinks there will be plenty of customers for the vehicle.


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