Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
No, it’s an enormous, gigantic, bulbous flying airship.
Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited’s Airlander 10 took to the skies from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire for the first time on 17 August.
Two test pilots were aboard for the maiden voyage, in which the Airlander climbed to 500ft and flew for six miles at a speed of around 35 knots.
According to HAV, the Airlander 10 is innovation that will have a hugely positive impact on the world by providing low carbon aviation and brand new capabilities in the sky. Boasting a stable platform with ‘huge amounts of power and space’ for search and rescue or communications equipment, the Airlander also offers a somewhat ‘unique’ passenger experience.
Sadly, the Airlander subsequently crashed on its second test flight on 24 August.
Back to the drawing board…
What else happened in August?
- The long-awaited Night Tube finally begins in London on the Central and Victoria Lines