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Aug 16 2016

The maiden flight of the worlds largest aircraft was delayed last week. Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) expected its airship Airlander 10 to take off from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire last Sunday (August 14) but last-minute technical hitches have forced a postponement. The helium-filled Airlander 10 measures 302ft (92m) long, approxiamtely 50ft longer than the biggest passenger jets in the skies today. The US military version of the Airlander, from which HAV took over the design after the project was abandoned in 2012 - did manage a test flight in New Jersey. The Airlander 10 - and planned the larger Airlander 50 which will be able to carry 50 tonnes - is being pitched for a range of commercial uses, including cargo transport, surveillance and tourism. Cargocall UK Ltd visited the site in April last year and met with the senior management team with a view to support the project with cargo loading. Cargocall directors are also founder members of the Airlander Club. 

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