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Old August 18th 16, 05:48 AM posted to alt.binaries.pictures.aviation
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The Airlander 10—also known as the world’s largest aircraft, better known as a
giant, ass-shaped vessel—took off for the first time today.

The “flying bum,” as it’s apparently known, was supposed to take its maiden
voyage on Sunday, but the flight was postponed due to “a slight technical
issue.” The aircraft’s maker, Hybrid Air Vehicles, didn’t say on Sunday when the
flight would happen, but luckily for ass and aircraft enthusiasts everywhere, it
finally took off from Cardington airfield near London.

The flight itself wasn’t long—just half an hour, according to the AP—but
apparently drew a crowd of hundreds. The 302-foot aircraft combines elements of
“fixed wing aircraft and helicopters with lighter-than-air technology,”
resulting in a Frankenstein-esque behemoth that its creators say can stay in the
air for over two weeks unmanned.

The AP says the Airlander 10 was originally created for the US military, which
wanted to use it “for surveillance in Afghanistan,” but the plan was axed in
2013. (It’s hard to miss a giant butt.)

Unlike other notable aircrafts—like, say, the Hindenburg—the Airlander 10 uses
helium to stay afloat. According to Hybrid Air Vehicles, it can also withstand
“numerous bullet holes” and operate “in all weather conditions.” As Gizmodo
previously reported, it could theoretically be used for academic research,
transportation, or as a way to bring material to remote locations.

Also, never forget that it looks like a giant, floating ass.


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Old August 19th 16, 08:32 PM posted to alt.binaries.pictures.aviation
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t finally took off from Cardington airfield near London.

The 302-foot aircraft combines elements of “fixed wing aircraft and
helicopters with lighter-than-air technology,”...


Imagine the oohs and ahhs when the 731-ft R101 flew from Cardington
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Old August 19th 16, 09:03 PM posted to alt.binaries.pictures.aviation
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http://gizmodo.com/worlds-largest-ai...e-s-1785420329

t finally took off from Cardington airfield near London.

The 302-foot aircraft combines elements of “fixed wing aircraft and
helicopters with lighter-than-air technology,”...


Imagine the oohs and ahhs when the 731-ft R101 flew from Cardington
.




Imagine being a passenger and realizing that to board the damn thing, you have
to climb a six story tower just to get to the doorway.

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Old August 20th 16, 01:25 AM posted to alt.binaries.pictures.aviation
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Imagine being a passenger and realizing that to board the damn thing, you
have to climb a six story tower just to get to the doorway.


For VIPs, there was an elevator (4:34):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdPrUBkMgdE

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Old August 20th 16, 10:17 AM posted to alt.binaries.pictures.aviation
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On Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:32:14 -0500, "Byker" wrote:
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"Miloch" wrote in message ...

http://gizmodo.com/worlds-largest-ai...e-s-1785420329

t finally took off from Cardington airfield near London.

The 302-foot aircraft combines elements of “fixed wing aircraft and
helicopters with lighter-than-air technology,”...


Imagine the oohs and ahhs when the 731-ft R101 flew from Cardington


Too bad Airlander couldn't afford an aesthetical designer...
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Old August 20th 16, 08:34 PM posted to alt.binaries.pictures.aviation
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Too bad Airlander couldn't afford an aesthetical designer...


There is this matter of money.

CargoLifter AG, erected a $110 million airship hangar measuring 1,181 feet
long .

All Hangar, No Blimp:
www.forbes.com/forbes/2002/0429/042.html

Apr 29, 2002 - CargoLifter says the building will serve not just as a hangar
but as the manufacturing site for the first of 50 giant CL160 airships.

The came the elections:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GV3PxF3oww

Soundbites translated:

"The total investment of the CargoLifter project is about four hundred
million euro and the reason why the company filed for insolvency is very
easy to explain. CargoLifter ran out of money on its way from the idea to
the final product."

"We had to release about 560 people who were employed here. Concerning the
region I'm depending on figures I got from the head of the administration of
Spreewald Dahme. He said that in the area of Dahme Spreewald another 500
people are affected who worked at service an supply companies."

"My future is not clear. Maybe a temporary project, maybe there will be a
new investor found, one has to wait. I'm now 52-years-old. It will be
difficult for me to find a new job. We will see."

"I came here to sell food for the builders who worked at CargoLifter but now
it seems that CargoLifter is bust. That means it is the end for me too. If
there are no more visitors coming to CargoLifter I have to leave too because
I cannot live off the sixty citizens in the village of Brand."

 




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