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World's longest aircraft to make maiden voyage this year

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World's longest aircraft to make maiden voyage this year
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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.

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.