Julian Bray Aviation security expert comments: "The multi-hulled Airlander 10 - nicknamed the 'Kardashian Blimp' over its innovative stern design - was originally destined for the US Navy, but then dumped as a cost-cutting measure, only to re-appear as a private enterprise project, and now launched from the historic Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire. The listed hanger, home over the years, to all the UK's historic airships.
The 'daytime only' test flight postponed from Sunday, but it finally left the ground on Wednesday at 19:40 BST.
The Airlander 10 aircraft has consumed $25 million so far , it measures 302ft (92m) in length. It is designed as a heavy bulk cargo transit into difficult terrain, but can also remain aloft (in a geopositional state if needed, for example as a communications aerial relay station) for some two weeks, at a stretch.
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