World's biggest aircraft "AIR LANDER" takes off
World's biggest aircraft 'takes off' for the first time after being filled with 1.3million cubic feet of helium - but it's not ready to leave the hangar just yet Airlander was originally developed as part of a US Army project which was then abandoned in 2012British company is now converting the aircraft - a cross between an airship and an aeroplane - into civilian use. It recently took off inside its hangar in Bedfordshire for the first time so engineers could add the finishing touches. The aircraft will come into use next year and will be able to carry 48 passengers at a time.
The world's biggest aircraft has lifted off from the ground in Britain for the first time - but it will not be ready to leave the hangar where it is being developed until next year.
The Airlander, which is a cross between an airship and an aeroplane, was originally developed as part of a US Army project but was scrapped by military bosses.
It is now being converted to provide business and leisure flights in a hangar in Cardington, Bedfordshire - and recently took off for the first time.
The vessel was filled with 1.3million cubic feet of helium - enough to fill 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools - so it could float above the ground.