The world's largest aircraft performed its first flight. A hybrid flying vehicle Airlander-10 combines features of a dirigible balloon and an aircraft. Its length is 92 meters. It took off from the airfield near London, made a circle and landed in 20 minutes.
Some time ago Airlander has been developed for the US Army. The Pentagon planned to use it for aerial reconnaissance in Afghanistan.
But three years ago, the project was scrapped and British producers were forced to search for financing to complete the construction. Partially the project was financed by the government, private investors were also involved.
Developers state that a dirigible balloon with a real airship wing may be of both military and civilian use, but they are not looking for the customers yet.
The device can go up to 5 kilometers; carry 10 tons of cargo and speed up to 150 kilometers per hour.