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“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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