Unveiled last Friday, the Airlander is the world's longest aircraft.
Developed by Hybrid Air Vehicles, the 302-foot-long Airlander was once a
candidate military craft called "Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence
Vehicle," until Pentagon budget cuts forced the U.S. Army to abandon the program.
Airlander resembles both a blimp and a Zeppelin, but it's not quite
either. Blimps have no rigid internal structure, while Zeppelins
(technically, "rigid airships")
have a stiff internal structure that holds the shape of the
aircraft. The Airlander is, as the company name implies, a
hybrid airship that gets lift from bags of helium. It has a rigid structure that offers more control than comes with blimps. To house the massive
aircraft, Hybrid Air Vehicles is using a century-old airship hangar in
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