The world's longest aircraft - The Airlander 10 - has made its maiden voyage from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire on Wednesday (four days after a previous attempt was abandoned due to technical issues). It was a brief victory lap for the largest aircraft on the planet. The Airlander’s maiden voyage lasted for a half an hour as the jumbo ship — at 302 feet in length, that’s a fifth longer than the longest jet — circled the airfield.
Despite its gluteal countenance, the $40 million Airlander 10 is an impressive bit of aeronautical engineering. The Airlander is designed to incorporate the best parts of an airplane, a helicopter and a dirigible into one machine. It uses less fuel than a cargo plane and does not require much space to lift off.