Cape Town - The Airlander 10, also known as the world’s largest aircraft, or the Bummer because it just so happens to look like a flying bum - has certainly taken the aviation world by storm after launching recently.
The first test flight of the 302ft (92m) long aircraft - which is part plane and part airship - went smoothly last week, however its second one not so much.
The £25m (about R468m at R18.73/£) craft damaged its cockpit when it made a nose-first crash landing into a field during a flight from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire.
While the cockpit was reportedly crushed, nobody was injured a spokesperson from Hybrid Air Vehicles told the BBC, “The flight went really well and the only issue was when it landed.
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The Airlander was first developed for the US government as a surveillance aircraft but it suffered from cutbacks. When the idea was scrapped by the US government, other investors saw it as a great vessel for transporting mainly cargo and other larger goods.
It is expected to be a greener alternative to air travel, since it is operator by helium gas. The vessel will be able to travel much greater distances without stopping because of the absence of conventional fuel and refueling needs.
Although the physical resemblance to the passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg, the Airlander 10 differs from this disastrous airship as it uses helium, and not hydrogen to float.
British firm Hybrid Air Vehicles launched a campaign to return the Airlander 10 to the skies in May 2015 and following the completion of ground tests it is in the midst of some 200 hours of test flights. Here's hoping the next one goes a bit better.
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