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Aircraft dubbed ‘The Flying Bum’ will fly tourists to the Arctic

It's the same length as a football pitch and the height of six double-decker buses.
  • The Flying Bum is the world’s largest aircraft
  • It’s official name is Airlander 10, and it’s the same length as as football pitch and the height of six double-decker buses
  • In order to take to the skies, the helium airship flies using both aerostatic and aerodynamic lift, with added power coming via a set of diesel-engine propellers

Published on Feb 7, 2024 at 6:12PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Feb 8, 2024 at 7:31PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Alessandro Renesis

A French eco-tourism company has added a voluptuous aircraft dubbed ‘The Flying Bum’ to its fleet.

The company, Grands Espaces, plans to deploy the aircraft for journeys to hard-to-reach and undiscovered places.

Founded by polar explorer Christian Kempf, the company envisions low-impact flights to spectacular sites – including the Arctic.

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Thanks to its distinctive shape, the airship has earned a funny nickname – ‘The Flying Bum’.

While the inner child in us finds the name ‘The Flying Bum’ absolutely hilarious, we’ll stick to using its official name – the Airlander 10.

Billed as the world’s largest aircraft, Airlander 10 is the same length as a football pitch (300ft).

Not only that, but it’s the height of six double-decker buses, too.

In order to take to the skies, the helium airship flies using both aerostatic and aerodynamic lift.

Added power comes via a set of diesel-engine propellers.

Currently being built by British manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), the futuristic airship has been in development since 2007.

Airlander 10 promises lower emissions, fuel burn, noise, and operating costs.

HAV bills the aircraft as “the future of zero-carbon aviation.”

And tourists heading to the Arctic can look forward to experiencing a new level of luxury.

Airlander 10 features a spacious passenger cabin suspended beneath an aerodynamic, helium-filled balloon.

Costing $50 million, the part-plane, airship can reportedly land on “virtually any surface”.

Not only that, but Airlander 10 can take off from either a field or water, without the need for traditional infrastructure like ports or airports.

For HAV, the partnership adds another client to a slowly expanding roster.

Air Nostrum airline group already has 10 examples of the hybrid airship that were originally built for the US military.

But over the last decade, they’ve been re-assembled and designed for civilian use in the UK.

The airline recently doubled its order of Airlander 10s to create a fleet of 20 to expand its push into the Mediterranean, focusing on the Balearic islands.

Apparently, the latest version of Airlander 10 is capable of staying in the air for five days straight while unmanned, and over two weeks while manned.

HAV plans to produce at least 12 aircraft per year, with a fully-electric version being available by 2030.

As for Grands Espaces, it aims to offer customers flights to the Arctic from 2028.

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