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Record Breaking Airlander Takes Flight

Record Breaking Airlander Takes Flight

Added to MTDCNC by MTDCNC on 22 August 2016

The Airlander 10 has successfully completed its first flight. As the world's largest aircraft, the Airlander 10 took off from the historic Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire, England at approximately 19:45 on Wednesday 17th of August and it landed at 20:00.

The two Test Pilots were ecstatic about the flight and the flight performance of Airlander during its time in the air. The first flight is a historic success and marks the start of the flight test programme that is expected to last for a number of months. The
Airlander 10 has been widely hailed as an innovation that will have a hugely positive impact on the world by providing low carbon aviation with brand new capabilities in the sky.

The new Airlander offers a stable platform with huge amounts of power and space for search & rescue or communications equipment, and also offers a unique passenger experience.  It will fulfil a wide range of communication, cargo carrying and survey roles in both the military and commercial sectors all with a significantly lower carbon footprint than other forms of air transport.

The next step is to ensure the UK Government runs a trial in order to demonstrate the potential of this amazing aircraft to the world and secure the lucrative exports, and grow further jobs in Bedfordshire and in the supply chain across the UK (80% of Airlander’s supply chain is British). This will help ensure the £6m of UK Government grants received thus far lead to orders. Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd is also looking to raise equity through High Net Worth individuals and Institutional Investors to fund some aspects of the Flight Test Programme.

The helium filled aircraft is expected to reach up to 16,000ft altitude and will be able to fly for up to 5 days manned, or over two weeks unmanned. The 38,000m3 craft has an overall length of 92m with a width and height of 43.5 and 26m respectively. The new innovation is powered by four 325hp 4 litre direct injection diesel engines.

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