Photographers struggled to capture the whole length of the aircraft, which is around 50ft longer than the biggest passenger jets. It was first developed for the US government as a long-endurance surveillance aircraft but it fell foul of defence cutbacks.
British firm Hybrid Air Vehicles launched a campaign to return the Airlander 10 to the skies in May 2015. It will now carry out ground testing before 200 hours of test flights begin later this year.
|There is no other plane the size of the Airlander 10|
The huge aircraft will be able to stay airborne for around five days during manned flights. HAV claim it could be used for a variety of functions such as surveillance,
communications, delivering aid and even passenger travel.
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