David’s air bid

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Avi­a­tion fans had a glimpse of the world’s long­est air­craft - pi­loted by a Ruther­glen man­when it was brought out of its hangar for the first time.

David Burns, 61, who grew up in Spit­tall, is part of a team in Eng­land who are work­ing on try­ing to get the Air­lan­der 10, a 302ft-long plane, up into the sky once again.

The part plane, part air­ship - del­i­cately emerged from a gi­ant hangar at Card­ing­ton Air­field in Bed­ford­shire at 4am on Satur­day.

Its fin tips passed just six me­tres from the sides of the hangar doors, be­fore it was towed 30 min­utes to its rest­ing point at a pri­mary mast site, one of two spe­cially pre­pared on the air­field.

It is the first time the air­craft has been pub­licly vis­i­ble and comes af­ter tests on its en­gines, gen­er­a­tors and sys­tems were com­pleted last week.

Bri­tish firm Hy­brid Air Ve­hi­cles ( HAV) launched a cam­paign to re­turn the Air­lan­der 10 to the skies in May 2015.

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