The Airliner 10 took its maiden flight August 17th. Granted it was only a 30-minute, five-mile loop around the airfield never exceeding 500 feet altitude, but it did make its debut. While it was originally built for long term surveillance duties, it has the potential with a 50ton cargo capacity of fulfilling several other roles. The new aircraft is expected to find use in civil, military and leisure applications.
This aircraft is 92 meters (301 feet) long with a wing span of 43 meters (142 feet) making it the largest aircraft. It uses helium to lift and has four diesel engines that can power the craft at 148 km/h (92 mph). The vertical take off and landing capability will allow it to operate without an airfield.
Who knows. A ‘cruise’ in the not too distant future may have you looking down at the passing countryside. A throw back to the airships of the early 20th century.