The Airlander is definitely the new benchmark in greener aircraft. Dickinson, Iron Maiden’s lead singer is a professional pilot and has co-funded the Airlander. He compares this £30 million aircraft to the Thunderbird 2 and also said that the day the Airlander was unveiled was a momentous day for the world of aviation. He said that this beautiful airplane, its scale and imagination is amazing. It is cutting-edge aviation and the world’s largest airplane has been created in a shed in Bedford. It’s definitely something to be proud about. The 1st HAV Airlander was initially going to be owned by the United States army.
Bigger than the Biggest
The plan was that the army would use it mainly in surveillance missions across Afghanistan. But, the budget cuts led to a cancellation in the plan. This was when the HAV stepped in and the Airlander was brought to life. This impressive airplane is approximately 60 ft longer than the Boeing 747-8 and the Airbus A380, which are the biggest airliners today. To date the Antonov An-225, which is a cargo-carrying plane was the longest aircraft to be built and the Airlander has beaten its length by almost 30 ft. It resembles an airship and is slated to be in the air by the beginning of 2015.