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Airship’s Debut Postponed

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | August 14, 2016

Airship’s Debut Postponed

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Technical problems halted the inaugural flight of a 302-foot-long helium-filled airship, ABC News reported.

The Airlander 10 was set to depart Sunday from an airfield 45 miles north of London, ABC said.

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Hybrid Air Vehicles chief executive Stephen McGlennan told ABC that the aircraft had "a slight technical issue" that could not be corrected before it got dark outside. He offered no details on a new flight date.

The blimp-shaped Airlander 10 is a hybrid air vehicle designed to carry more weight than most airships but to use less fuel than an airplane, according to ABC.

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Its creators say the airship can travel at up to 90 mph, ABC reported. They also say it can fly for up to two weeks.  

And unlike the Hindenberg, which ran on hydrogen and caught fire in 1937, the Airlander 10 uses helium, which is not flammable, ABC said.

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