Watch Hybrid Airship’s First Flight

Airlander goes from land to air

Airships are no longer a thing of the past. The Airlander, by Hybrid Air Vehicles, combines the best of the rigid design of a zeppelin with the flexible floppiness of a blimp into a single, massive vehicle designed to carry 10 tonnes of cargo to places no other vehicle can go. Before it can make a play to revolutionize shipping, it first needs to get off the ground. This afternoon, it did just that near the Cardington Sheds in Bedfordshire, England.

The BBC streamed the short flight on Facebook Live, and you can watch it below:
Kelsey D. Atherton
Kelsey D. Atherton

Kelsey D. Atherton is a defense technology journalist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work on drones, lethal AI, and nuclear weapons has appeared in Slate, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and elsewhere.