World’s biggest aircraft known as the ‘Flying Bum’ crashes headfirst into telegraph pole on first flight
Sometimes you get home at night and think you had the worst day ever. Everything went ...
Sometimes you get home at night and think you had the worst day ever. Everything went wrong. You’re exhausted. Your bills are stacking up. Let me ask you this, do you ever think you’ll have as bad of a day as the guy who crashed the largest aircraft in the world? I think not.
The Airlander 10 took its maiden voyage only a week ago to take the title of the world’s biggest aircraft. While the crash doesn’t look devastating, it caused severe damage to the cockpit. Reports say that nobody was damaged, but structural damage to the cockpit has the airship out of order.
Since the Hindenburg disaster, these airships have been avoided like the plague. Nobody wants a reenactment of that fiery incident. While these airships seem scary, they have countless advantages over a traditional airplane. Originally created as a surveillance ship for the United States Army, Hybrid Air Vehicles switched directions with it to make more suited for short-range cargo flights, passenger transport and possibly surveillance. They say that the blimp can stay in the air for up to 5 days at an altitude of up to 16,000 feet. It can also carry up to 10 tons of cargo, more than a traditional airplane. They’re currently developing an ever bigger airship, the Airlander 50, to carry up to 50 tons.
The best part about this ship is its nickname, “The Flying Bum.” The nickname comes from an uncanny resemblance to a floating butt. Instead of rejecting the name, Hybrid Air Vehicles has kind of embraced it. It has become sort of an endearing nickname for Britain’s big blimp.