World's biggest aircraft

The world's largest aircraft, the Airlander 10, is being tested at Cardington in Bedfordshire.

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World's largest aircraft unveiled in Bedfordshire

HAV304 Credit: Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd

The world's largest aircraft has been unveiled in Bedfordshire in all its 300ft (91m) long glory.

Known as the HAV304, the giant aircraft has been displayed at Cardington in the only hangar big enough to accommodate the 113ft (34m) wide and 85ft (26m) high monster.

Created by Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd the ultra-green HAV304 project has just received a £2.5 million grant from the UK Government.

The HAV304 is designed to stay airborne for up to three weeks and can be used for a variety of functions including surveillance, communications and delivering aid.

The plan is that the HAV304 will eventually lead to the development of the Airlander 50, which would be able to transport 50 tonnes of freight.

The company plans to produce around 10 a year for the next four or five years which is expected to lead to the creation of 1,800 jobs in the Bedfordshire area.

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