Huge 555-Foot Long Airship To Take To The Skies Once Again

Rob Waugh
Aeroscraft



A huge 555-foot airship could be seen above our skies again, as companies vie to bring back the age of lighter-than-air flight.

The Dragon Dream, by Aeroscraft, is filled with helium - rather than the explosive hydrogen which led to the Hindenburg disaster, and the end of lighter-than-air flight.

It won’t be a passenger aircraft, though - it will carry up to 66 tonnes cargo, and be able to land at airports without runways.

Aeroscraft has now reached a final design, and is to build a working model.

Airships fell out of favour after the German passenger airship Hindenburg exploded in 1937 with the loss of 35 lives.

The image of the burning airship became iconic - and the previously popular mode of transport fell out of favour.

The Pelican has a 'skin' of carbon fibre and aluminium and uses helium instead of explosive hydrogen.

The craft can adjust its buoyancy by compressing the helium inside it, becoming heavier.















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