The maiden flight of the Flying Bum or Airlander 10 which is the largest aircraft in the world was procrastinated due to various technical glitches.
The first flight of the world’s largest aircraft has been put off for awhile. This last minute postponing was due to technical issues that appeared in the machinery of the Flying Bum.
This is the nickname this large hulk of avionic achievement has been given. In more formal language, it is called the Airlander 10. It is actually partially an airplane and partially an airship. It was about to take to the skies from Bedfordshire on Sunday. Yet such was not to be.
The technical glitch meant that the mission had to be aborted. This huge aircraft is meant for daytime journeys into the empyrean heights. Had this issue which cropped up not been resolved, this would have led to the return journey taking place at night.
This was obviously something no one wanted, since it could have been risky. When exactly in the future the Airlander 10 will take to the skies is not known. This behemoth of an aircraft is 302 feet in length, according to DailyMail.
That means an extra 50 feet in length than normal run-of-the-mill airliners. It can speed along in the cloudy skies at 90 mph. This flying machine has the additional advantage of being able to stay for periods of upto a fortnight in the sky.
This aircraft was developed by the US government as an endurance flying vehicle. Yet it did not make it into the mainstream culture due to defense budgetary roadblocks.
The British firm, Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) took up the baton where it was left off by the US government. This organization began the movement for restoring the Flying Bum back into the skies in May of last year.
During manned flights, this aircraft will stay for five days up in the air on a continuous basis. Among the long list of functions it could serve are: surveillance, communications, delivering much-needed resources and tourism purposes.
The head of HAV spoke about how such aircrafts as the Airlander 10 have a bright future. This is so despite the common view that they are a failed experiment of the previous century.
Airships may yet make an important contribution to the overall field of avionics and space exploration. Like the electric car, they are virtually a jack-in-the-box technology. This means that their function is essentially disruptive.
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The bitter past experience with such airships as the Hindenberg have led governments to be extra careful regarding this technology. Yet, the Airlander 10 contains helium, unlike hydrogen, which does not catch fire at all.