Air­lan­der 10: World's long­est air­craft, re­vealed in new pic­tures

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

LON­DON: The Air­lan­der 10, which is part plane, part air­ship and part he­li­copter, is 92m long - around 15m longer than the big­gest pas­sen­ger jets.

Mar 9, 206New pho­to­graphs of the world's long­est air­craft were made pub­lic to­day ahead of its of­fi­cial un­veil­ing and first UK test flight.The Air­lan­der 10, which is part plane, part air­ship and part he­li­copter, is 92m long - around 15m longer than the big­gest pas­sen­ger jets.The Bri­tish firm Hy­brid Air Ve­hi­cles (HAV) havs de­signed the air­craft to stay air­borne for up to three weeks us­ing he­lium. The ves­sel is able to travel at a speed of 92mph.

HAV will un­veil the air­craft, stand­ing at 26m high and 44m wide, in a First World War air­craft hangar in Bed­ford­shire on Mon­day and it will un­dergo its first test flight in a few weeks' time.As it is heav­ier than air, the Air­lan­der 10 is able to land with­out teth­ers on a va­ri­ety of sur­faces, in­clud­ing wa­ter and ice, Sky News re­ports.It was first de­vel­oped in 2009 for the US govern­ment as a lon­gen­durance sur­veil­lance air­craft but its man­u­fac­ture was hin­dered by de­fence cut-backs.HAV be­lieves the air­cr­fat could be used for a host of func­tions in­clud­ing sur­veil­lance, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, de­liv­er­ing aid and even pas­sen­ger travel.It is hoped the Air­lan­der 10 will even­tu­ally be de­vel­oped to be able to trans­port 50 tonnes of freight.The Bri­tish firm have also stressed how the ves­sel, which is silent and emits no pol­lu­tion, could be a break­through for air travel.The firm is hop­ing to build 12 Air­lan­ders a year by 2018, some of which can be used as pas­sen­ger air­craft able to carry up to 48 peo­ple at a time, the BBC re­ports.

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