World’s Largest Aircraft Completes First Flight

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Big news comes from the United Kingdom today. CNN news is reporting that the world’s largest aircraft has landed after finishing its first flight. The event took place on August 17th. This flight marks a historic event for aircrafts and air travel as a whole.

The aircraft is called the ‘Airlander.’ CNN news also reports that the Airlander is a blimp-like structure that is part airship, part helicopter, and part plane. The structure spent approximately 20 minutes in the air on its first flight before landing in the Cardington airfield. It measures in about 300 feet long. This makes the structure larger than the world’s biggest passenger plane by a decent amount.

Many years of research went into creating this aircraft. The Airlander was created by a company known as Hybrid Air Vehicles. While researching and designing the ship, the company had a hard time finding funding for the project. The program was cancelled by the United States military in 2013. The company was able to start the project up again after receiving funds from the government of the UK, the European Union and two crowd-funding campaigns.

The technology involved in this aircraft is very interesting as it has a smaller carbon footprint than expected. The Airlander also does not need a landing strip to be able to take off. This means that the structure can take off from land, snow, desert, and open water. CNN is also reporting that it is also capable of completing military and commercial survey work. If the company continues to develop this technology, this could potentially change air travel in the future.

Air travel has become a huge part of the way people get from one location to another as well as how they gather information. This new development will allow people of the world to continue to travel while finding ways to decrease the impact on the environment.

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