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Maiden flight of world's largest aircraft aborted

The Airlander was all set for its maiden flight in Bedfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Technical problems stopped the world's biggest aircraft making its maiden flight this evening.

The Airlander airship has been created at the Cardington Hangars in Bedfordshire.

It was all set for its first flight earlier - with hundreds of people turning out to watch.

Organisers got as far as starting their engines but delays with the take off meant there was not enough light left to do the flight.

World's largest aircraft to be officially named during royal visit

The Airlander 10 is 25% bigger than a Boeing 747 aeroplane. Credit: PA

The world's largest aircraft will be officially named during a visit by the Duke of Kent in Bedfordshire today.

The Airlander 10 is 92 metres long and pumped with a million cubic feet of helium.

It took 10 years to build and cost £25 million.

The huge aircraft will be able to stay airborne for around five days during manned flights.

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World's largest aircraft ready for take-off

The Airlander 10 is ready for her flight! Credit: ITV News Anglia

The world's largest airship, being built in a hangar in Bedfordshire, has been unveiled for the first time.

The Airlander 10 in Cardington is now completed and ready for her maiden flight.

The Airlander 10 can carry up to 10 tonnes of freight Credit: ITV News Anglia
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The Airlander 10 is 25% bigger than a Boeing 747 aeroplane.

It's known to the engineers as Mary - and she's a very big girl.

At 92 metres long - she's about the same size as a football pitch and 25% bigger than a Boeing 747 aeroplane.

The cockpit, flight simulator and the payload module where cargo or passengers will travel, will also be opened up for people to see.

Hybrid airship nears completion

A crane lifts the fin from the hangar floor Credit: Hybrid Air Vehicles

A giant hybrid airship which is being built in Bedfordshire has taken a step closer to completion.

A fin has been lifted into place and attached to the hull of the Airlander which is being built in a hangar at Cardington.

Engineers attach a fin to the Airlander Credit: Hybrid Air Vehicles

Other fins and the engines will be fitted in the coming weeks.

The Airlander is said to be the largest aircraft in the world and is designed to remain in the air for weeks at a time.

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