The Airlander is big. HUGE. Yes, it’s mostly air–the thing is a big balloon, really–but it’s still more than 300 feet long. And that makes it the longest aircraft ever built.
What’s the point? This thing will be fantastic cargo plane, capable of lifting 50 tonnes. And because the thing is mostly air, it’ll quiet and energy efficient. It’s quite possible that it will be a game-changer in the world of aviation.
Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson–a former commercial airline pilot in his spare time–is involved in the project. Learn more at the BBC. (Thanks to John for the link.)