Here is the World’s biggest flying machine. Airlander 10 is larger than the Boeing 747 and 24ft longer than the Antonov AN-225.
Some are still questioning what is this – A Balloon? A hot air Balloon? We’ll answer to your curiosity. It belongs to the United States Army. It is World’s longest aircraft and known as Airlander 10. Airlander 10 made its first public appearance ahead of its official unveiling and first UK test flight. It can remain in one plane in air five days and can land on sand, water, and snow.
British aeronautics company develops the original model for the US Army, but the program ran out of funding in 2013. Several months later Hybrid Air Vehicles bought back the Airlander project. The company plans to sell the massive airship for $40 million to oil and mining enterprises which are looking for transportation of goods.
Airlander 10 is a blimp-like airship which uses Helium to get off the ground, but it uses its aerodynamic shape to stay in the air.
Airlander 10 which is a part plane, part air shift, and a part helicopter is 92m long around 15m higher than the biggest passenger jets. The British firm Hybrid Air Vehicles has designed the craft to stay airborne for up to three weeks using helium. Airlander 10 can fly at a speed of 92 miles per hour.
The Airlander originally developed for the US Military as a surveillance craft. It was a successful test flight, but the department of defense abandoned the idea of hybrid air vehicles we worked as a commercial venture. It could carry 48 passengers.
Unlike traditional airships, the airline has no internal structure becomes rigid through being filled with helium at just above atmospheric pressure.
The Airlander is beautiful examples of how technology has renewed themselves. The airship is no idea a century old going back to this airplane, but new techniques like the computer aided design, and engineering materials give you Airlander 10.
Because the Airlander 10 land on any surface including water and doesn’t need a runway, the company thinks it will be useful for cargo in hard-to-reach places for alleged cruises and research.
Aviation expert David Learmount says, “we are not talking about a mass-market product here. We’re talking about something highly specialist. Airlander 10 will be very useful for those who need it.