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AIRLANDER 10 (The World’s Longest Aircraft)

The prototype of the world’s longest aircraft, The world’s longest aircraft has been sidelined… although that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Hybrid Air Vehicles has decided against rebuilding its record-setting Airlander 10 Airship (the world’s longest aircraft and also called as the “flying bum”), Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) The company will instead use its resources to create the “first batch” of production-grade Airlander 10. It’s the Guardian reported.
The UK has already received the approval of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for a prototype of the world’s longest aircraft slated for the early 2020s,

CEO Stephen McGlennan said,

“Our focus is now entirely on bringing the first batch of production-standard, type-certified Airlander 10 into service with customers,” said Stephen McGlennan, the company’s chief executive.
“The prototype served its purpose as the world’s first full-sized hybrid AIRLANDER 10 , providing us with the data we needed to move forward from prototype to production-standard. As a result, we do not plan to fly the prototype aircraft again.”

The announcement marks the end to a short and sometimes rough testing history for the 302-foot mix of airplane and airship. It flew just six times and was damaged during landing on its second flight. On another flight,
The AIRLANDER 10 hurt a woman after it broke loose and automatically deflated its hull. However, the core functionality of Airlander 10 appeared to work as planned.


Interior Design of Airlander 10


world’s longest aircraft
Source: Wikipedia; The hull of the airship comprises a skin made of a triple-layered combination of composite materials. The skin provides considerable strength and rigidity when inflated, serving to keep in the gas, retain its unique shape, and support the four engines, fins and the flight deck that is attached directly upon it. Materials used include Vectran, Kevlar, Tedlar, Polyurethane, and Mylar the Mylar layer, enveloped within polyurethane film layers, forms the airship’s gas barrier.

The world’s longest AIRLANDER 10, which can take off from almost any flat surface, reached heights of 7,000ft and speeds of up to 50 knots during tests. It could be used for a variety of ‘functions, including surveillance, communications, transporting freight, delivering aid and passenger travel’ (the world’s longest passenger aircraft), according to Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV).

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