The word on the street in the aeronautics industry is that the Airlander, the world’s largest aircraft is picking up heat — or helium that is. The “high-flying mega-blimp” from a British company called Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd. Is an “amalgam of a plane, airship, helicopter and hovercraft.”
The Airlander has received government funding and it was originally being developed for the U.S. Army, but the government ditched the project in 2013. Since Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd. Purchased the Airlander, it has been picking up as an awesome invention that can stay high up in the air for three weeks, it can circle the globe twice and it can even carry 22,000 pounds. Additionally, the Airlander is 60 feet longer than the biggest airliners currently on the market such as the Airbus A80 and Boeing 747-8. And, it even has the ability to set down on ice, land or sea according to the International Business Times article on March 3rd, 2014.