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Wed Aug 24, 2016, 11:27 PM

 

the world’s slowest crash landing

“The Flight Went Really Well and the Only Issue Was When It Landed”

By Will Oremus
Airlander 10 crash
The world’s largest airship, nicknamed the “flying bum,” crash-landed in a field in England on Wednesday.
South Beds News Agency

The world’s largest aircraft may have set a second, less-dignified record on Wednesday, when it executed what was quite possibly the world’s slowest crash landing.




The 302-foot-long Airlander 10 airship, aka the “flying bum,” head-butted the ground Wednesday morning in an airfield in Bedfordshire, England. The airship’s crew were reportedly alive and well following the mishap, though the $33 million craft sustained damage to its cockpit.


Nose-diving into the ground on just its second flight might seem an ignominious setback for a vessel intended to resuscitate the long-dormant airship industry. But a spokesman for the Airlander’s owner, a British firm called Hybrid Air Vehicles, put a charmingly positive spin on it. “The flight went really well and the only issue was when it landed,” he told the BBC.


http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2016/08/24/airlander_10_airship_a_k_a_the_flying_bum_makes_slowest_crash_landing_ever.html

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Liberal_in_LA Aug 2016 OP
lpbk2713 Aug 2016 #1
Egnever Aug 2016 #2
GoDawgs Aug 2016 #3
major debacle Aug 2016 #4
Warpy Aug 2016 #5
Warren DeMontague Aug 2016 #7
Warren DeMontague Aug 2016 #6
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JustABozoOnThisBus Aug 2016 #10
BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #11
Adrahil Aug 2016 #12
Javaman Aug 2016 #13
snooper2 Aug 2016 #14
hunter Aug 2016 #15

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Aug 24, 2016, 11:32 PM

1. "So Mrs Lincoln ...




other than that did you enjoy your evening at Ford's Theater? "


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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Aug 24, 2016, 11:38 PM

2. oops!

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 12:00 AM

3. At least the spokesman was prepared with a 'cheeky' comment

On a more serious note, some of these new airship designs are fantastic. Soon 'ships will be flying without ballast, using on board helium compression to adjust buoyancy like a fish uses their swim bladder.

Perhaps it's possible to have thin film flexible solar cells on the top of the envelope, electric drive motors, and buoyancy control to create an airship that never lands, except to provision the crew or undergo maintenance?

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 12:23 AM

4. Imagine the energy produced by solar panels on this beast

... enough for a nice leisurely trip across the Atlantic. And no hydrogen to explode.

It could replaced cruise ships as the mode of choice for the leisure set.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 12:41 AM

5. Looks like they'll need some ballast to prevent this sort of thing

like a big lead dingleberry hanging off the rump.

Yes, they call it the Flying Bum.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 04:46 AM

7. APPROVES

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 04:45 AM

6. Hey

at least it didn't pop. Or explode.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 05:46 AM

10. "Oh, the humanity!" nt

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 05:59 AM

11. At least it wasn't as dramatic as this



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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 06:02 AM

12. Okay, I'll laugh becuase no one was hurt. :) NT

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 07:03 AM

13. Oh,the...yawn...humanity...nt

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 09:00 AM

14. It was supposed to do that LOL - It is just bouncy like Baby Got Back

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 10:00 AM

15. The analysis of this accident is likely to be interesting.

Last edited Thu Aug 25, 2016, 01:35 PM - Edit history (1)

Ground effects can be complex.

On Edit: It seems to have hit a power line. Ooops!

Airlander 10: Longest aircraft hit power cable before nosediving

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-37184864

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