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Airlander 10 Takes Flight: I Like Big Blimps and I Cannot Lie

by Shane McGlaun
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I think Sir Mix-a-lot would love the Airlander 10 blimp. In fact, this airship looks like a giant butt so much that it has earned the nickname “Flying Bum” from the rather reserved Brits who have seen it take flight. Other than looking like a flying butt, it is very big and in fact hailed as the largest aircraft in the world, at 302-feet long.

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It is part airplane, part blimp, and part helicopter, and was originally designed as a US military aircraft before the program was canned. The idea is to carry people and cargo to and from areas which don’t have a runway.

The Airlander 10 can fly at an altitude of 16,000 feet with a top speed of 90 mph. With its maiden flight lasting about 30 minutes, the helium-filled monster is one step closer to going into everyday use – and everyday ridicule.

[via Phys.org]

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  1. Rustin says:

    It looks more like a flying cucumber from most perspectives, except when its bum is pointed your way. At least its filled with helium and not hydrogen and thats good. Imagine if the hindenberg was shaped like this. One huge lit up flaming fart. All that said, this thing could be useful as command centers over disaster sites that need continuous surveyance. The question is whether it could get anywhere fast enough and still be better than the combination of a base station, radios, helicopters, boats, and trucks. It doesn’t seem very viable, but it may find a niche somewhere. You’ve gotta try stuff and its good to do this every once in a while to see what is possible.

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