Great Big Airship

The Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander 10, originally developed as the HAV 304, is a hybrid airship designed and built by British manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV). Comprising a helium airship with auxiliary wing and tail surfaces, it flies using both aerostatic and aerodynamic lift and is powered by four diesel engine-driven ducted propellers.

The HAV 304 was originally built for the United States Army’s Long Endurance Multi-intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) programme. Its maiden flight took place in 2012 at Lakehurst, New Jersey, in the US. In 2013, the LEMV project was cancelled by the US Army.

HAV reacquired the airship and brought it back to Cardington Airfield in England. It was reassembled and modified for civilian use, and in this form was redesignated the Airlander 10. The modified aircraft completed design certification testing before being written off when it came loose from its moorings in a high wind on 18 November 2017 at Cardington Airfield.

A production run of the Airlander 10 is now planned for 2025.

General characteristics

  • Capacity: 10,000 kg (22,050 lb)
  • Length: 92 m (302 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 43.5 m (143 ft 0 in)
  • Height: 26 m (85 ft 0 in)
  • Volume: 38,000 m3 (1,340,000 cu ft)
  • Gross weight: 20,000 kg (44,100 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 33,285 kg (73,381 lb)
  • Powerplant: 4 × 4 litre V8 turbocharged diesel engines, 242 kW (325 hp) each

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Performance

  • Cruise speed: 148 km/h (92 mph, 80 kn)
  • Endurance: 5 days manned
  • Service ceiling: 6,100 m (20,000 ft)
    Loiter speed 20 knots (37 km/h)

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