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World's longest aircraft to make maiden voyage this year

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By Euronews  with Reuters
World's longest aircraft to make maiden voyage this year

<p>The world’s longest aircraft is to make its first flight later this year, it has been announced. Named the Airlander 10, it spans more than six double decker buses and can stay airborne for up to two weeks, its British manufacturer, Hybrid Air Vehicles, claims. </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Meet the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Airlander?src=hash">#Airlander</a> 10, the world's longest aircraft <a href="https://t.co/B0xoMuxoEl">https://t.co/B0xoMuxoEl</a> <a href="https://t.co/PIES8aDSgz">pic.twitter.com/PIES8aDSgz</a></p>— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/XHNews/status/711828000887582720">March 21, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The helium-filled Airlander can take off and land vertically, meaning it does not need a tarmac runway. This makes it potentially useful for aid deliveries and carrying cargo and Coast Guard monitoring, as well as leisure trips. </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Fact #1: Airlander 10 is not a movie title <a href="https://t.co/B4DVdjmw9I">https://t.co/B4DVdjmw9I</a> <a href="https://t.co/xI2AMDsfH3">pic.twitter.com/xI2AMDsfH3</a></p>— Gizmodo UK (@GizmodoUK) <a href="https://twitter.com/GizmodoUK/status/711950033344720898">March 21, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>