The world's longest hybrid aircraft, Airlander, was unveiled in Britain's biggest aircraft hangar in Cardington, central England last week on 28 February 2014. The helium-filled hybrid aircraft, could be used for suveillance and carrying aid to disaster-hit zones with no runways, as well as opening up slow travel and unique ways of seeing the earth from the skies. It has been developed by Hybrid Air Vehicles, (HAV), a Cranfield-based company in Britain.
Airlander is a 300-feet (91 metres) long aircraft. The first passenger flight is scheduled to be in 2016.
Airlander was originally developed for the US military in 2009, but it was scrapped due to budget constraints in 2013. HAV had won the US military contract and delivered the hybrid aircraft to the US military, which had bought this aircraft to use as a surveillance machine. And the contract was stayed only till 2013.Win a pair of tickets to join our shareholder, Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson and a host of celebrities on this unique flight, complete with an invitation to our launch party.
People can log on to www.airlander.co.uk to register to win, however its for UK subjects only with perhaps a global one opening up in the future.