The World’s Longest Aircraft

The Airlander.

The world’s longest aircraft, the British-built Airlander, is soon to take to the skies.

About 60 feet longer than the biggest airliners, the Airbus A-380 and Boeing 747-8, it looks like a humongous airship. Like an airship, it’s filled with helium, but like an aircraft, it’s a heavier-than-air flying machine. Which is why it doesn’t need to be held down to the ground by ropes, every time it touches down.

Its aerodynamic hull, which holds four engines, enables it to take off, and land like a plane. It’s silent; pollution-free, and can deflect bullets to boot.

Is this the future of air travel?

h/t: BBC


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