Airlander 10, also known as the "Flying Bum" due to its rather unusual shape is currently the worlds longest aircraft.
The Airlander 10 is 302 feet long, making it 60-feet longer than the world’s largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, which measures in at 240 feet. Despite its not too attractive exterior, the luxury aircraft will more than make up for that with its exquisitely designed interior.
The aircraft can take off and land from virtually any flat surface, which eliminates the need for traditional infrastructure such as ports or airports.
The hybrid helium airship built by Hybrid Air Vehicles will feature a state of the art interior, rivalling that of a luxury hotel or cruise boat.
The Airlander 10 components
The curvaceous craft has a 46meter long cabin with plush en suite bedrooms, an on-board “altitude” bar and glass flooring that provides horizon-to-horizon views, providing an ostentatiously costly and luxurious flying experience to those privileged and wealthy enough to get on board.
While the Airlander 10 is the longest passenger aircraft, it won’t be the fastest. It only has a top speed of just 91mph which is just a fraction of the speed that a traditional passenger aircraft like the 560mph A380 can travel.
The Airlander 10 Engine
The Airlander 10 is also fitted with four 325 horsepower V8 diesel engines that can propel it to speeds of up to 148kmph and provide vertical thrust for horizontal takeoffs. It has space for a payload capable of carrying up to 10 tonnes and a set of retractable pneumatic “skids” that can be used for landing on land, sand, water or ice.
Due to its part-airship, part-helicopter and part-plane, the 92-meter-long Airlander 10 owes its ability to float to 38,000 cubic meters of helium. The pressure of the lighter-than-air gas helps maintain the aerodynamic shape of a hull made from carbon fiber, Kevlar and Mylar.
According Foxnews, CEO of Hybrid Air Vehicles, Stephen McGlennan said “Airlander challenges people to rethink the skies — that’s the driving force behind everything we do, Air travel has become very much about getting from A to B as quickly as possible. What we’re offering is a way of making the journey a joy.”
The Airlander 10 has successfully completed six test flights so far, suffering some incidents like a collapse in UK where the aircraft went loose from its moorings.
It still needs to complete 200hours of test flights without incidents to prove its safety before been opened to customers.