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World’s longest Aircraft is all set to take flight: Flying Bum

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The Flying Bum, a hybrid aircraft is all set to take off in UK. It is part plane and part
airship. Known as the Airlander 10, the aircraft has been grounded since
2010 due to budget cuts. 

The 92 meter Airlander 10 was initially designed as a surveillance
aircraft for the US Army, but that idea didn’t materialize. Hybrid Air
Vehicles, the company that developed the aircraft, has received a 3.4
million pound grant from the UK government to take the blimp off the
ground. 
The plane, which combines a huge helium-filled, aerodynamic
blimp with a cargo and passenger unit, can fly for five days at a time
and can take off and land from a range of surfaces including water. The
aircraft has reached the next stage of development, allowing it to start
testing the four diesel engines.   

“Airlander is an aircraft that can
carry very loads long distances and remain airborne for weeks at a
time,” said Tom Grundy of Hybrid Air Vehicles.  
Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of Iron Maiden, said, “It will be
able to cross the Atlantic and launch things right where they need to
be. It can reach about 100mph and stay airborne for about
three-and-a-half weeks.” Business secretary, Vince Cable, said, “The
growing aerospace sector has the potential to generate thousands of new
jobs and billions of pounds to the UK economy in contracts. 
That is why
so much effort is being put in by government and industry to ensure we
stay ahead of the competition and build on our strong position as second
in the world for aerospace. As part our long-term industrial strategy
we are jointly funding £2 billion of research and development into the
next generation of quieter, more energy-efficient and
environmentally-friendly planes. 
That includes backing projects like
HAV’s innovative low-carbon aircraft which can keep us at the cutting
edge of new technology. Here is a British company that has the potential
to lead the world in its field.”

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The aircraft is capable of carrying around 20,000 lbs. of cargo.
It is also cheaper to operate than helicopters. It can reach a speed of
about 100 mph. The Airlander 10 is longer than the biggest airliner. 
This incredible aircraft combines the best attributes of an airplane,
airship, and a helicopter. The company plans to demonstrate a fully
functioning Airlander 10 by 2016. 
Watch the video below and tell us your
thoughts in the comments section.

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