Why the UK is launching the world’s largest aircraft, again

2/19/2015

The world’s largest aircraft, Airlander 10, is poised to fly again after the UK government awarded a grant worth $5.25 (£3.4) million to get the ship off the ground again.

The 300-foot-long aircraft was created by British design firm Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) over five years ago. It intended to be used by the US Army for surveillance in its Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle program in an attempt to bring blimps back into the military’s arsenal. But budget cutbacks prompted the Pentagon to cut the program, and the aircraft was sold back to HAV in 2013, according to the Verge.

While the US was interested in the aircraft for military purposes – it even took a test drive over New Jersey once –  the UK seems to be more intrigued by its potential for commercial aviation. READ MORE.

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