Airlander 10 lands on cockpit on second test flight. Screen shot by author from SciNews video

Largest Aircraft Crash Lands—Slowly and Gently

Just one week after its historic first test flight, the hybrid airship Airlander 10 is in the news again, for crash landing on its second test flight. After a 100-minute flight, the 302-foot long aircraft slowly nosedived, landing on its cockpit in Cardington airfield in Bedfordshire, England.

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Return of the Airship

In few fiery seconds, the era of the passenger airship had come to an end when the Hindenburg burst into flames at Lakehurst, , New Jersey on 6th May 1937. Now, 80 years later, with the advancement in lighter-than-air technology, materials, aerodynamics, and safe and non-reactive helium gas, the airship has returned in a big way.
The world’s largest and futuristic aircraft, the Airlander 10, is a hybrid between an airplane, helicopter, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Sixty percent of its lift comes from helium and 40% from the aerodynamic design, hence it’s called the Hybrid Airship.

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