WATCH: Airlander 10 Crashes (Very Slowly) on Its Second Test Flight
Photo via Skynews on YouTube
It was 90 minutes in the air followed by a full 90 seconds of crashing.
The Airlander 10 is the world's largest aircraft at 300 feet long—50 feet longer than the longest commercial airplane. British company Hybrid Air Vehicles has been developing and testing the craft for years, and describes it as a combination of the best technologies from fixed wing airplanes, helicopters and airships.
After a moderately successful first test run, the second test flight did not end well, as shown by Sky News on its YouTube acccount:
Actually, despite the hard landing which damaged the cockpit, the test completed everything it needed to complete and no one was hurt during the landing. Both the company and the British government are investigating the crash.
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The stakes are high for Hybrid Air Vehicles to get the Airlander 10 right. The project was originally planned for United States defense use, but once scrapped, was funded both by European and British government grants but also by a large crowdfunding campaign that has brought a lot of attention—some of which is a perfect example of "cheeky" Brit humor.
Once completed, the Airlander 10 will have a top speed of 91 miles per hour and be able to carry 10 tons of cargo.
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