Airbags fit­ted in largest air­craft

Rutherglen Reformer - - Annuel Increase - Mur­ray Spooner

The world’s largest air­craft pi­loted by a Ruther­glen man has been fit­ted with airbags fol­low­ing a crash.

Chief test pi­lot David Burns from Spit­tal was on board the Air­lan­der 10 when it nose­dived dur­ing a test flight at Card­ing­ton Air­field, Bed­ford­shire, in Au­gust last year.

Man­u­fac­turer Hy­brid Air Ve­hi­cles ( HAV) has since added a pair of airbags more than 9ft long to en­able the air­craft - which is as long as a foot­ball pitch - to land at a greater range of an­gles.

The 302ft-long plane is about 50ft longer than the big­gest pas­sen­ger jets and is 143ft wide and 85ft high.

The sys­tem will be de­ployed on most land­ings in the flight test pro­gramme, which is ex­pected to re­sume in the com­ing weeks.

A mo­bile moor­ing mast has also been de­vel­oped to make it eas­ier to con­trol the air­craft when it is be­ing moved around the air­field.

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