TECHNOLOGY: Airlander 10 originally developed as part of a US Army project

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3438477/World-s-largest-aircraft-gets-ready-300ft-long-Airlander-10-final-preparations-ahead-month-s-flight.html

World’s largest aircraft gets ready for take-off: 300ft-long Airlander 10 is put through its final preparations ahead of next month’s flight

  • Airlander 10 was originally developed as part of a US Army project which was then abandoned in 2012
  • A British company is now converting the aircraft – a cross between an airship and an aeroplane – into civilian use
  • It recently took off inside its hangar in Bedfordshire for the first time so engineers could add the finishing touches
  • Engines and fins are being fitted this week and the 300-ft (93 metre) craft will make its debut test flight next month 

By VICTORIA WOOLLASTON FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 05:10 EST, 9 February 2016 | UPDATED: 05:54 EST, 9 February 2016

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Three years since work began on the Airlander 10, engineers are putting the final touches on the giant aircraft described as ‘part plane, part helicopter.’

The 300ft-long (93 metres) Airlander was originally developed as part of a US Army project but was scrapped by military bosses. It is now being converted to provide business and leisure flights in a hangar in Cardington, Bedfordshire.

The vessel was filled with 1.3million cubic feet of helium – enough to fill 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools -in a test run last October and now the engines and fins are being fitted ahead of next month’s flight.

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Wow, some beautiful piece of work!

Speechless.

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