THE world’s biggest aircraft is set to be tested over the UK next month.
A cross between a plane, an airship and a helicopter, the Airlander 10 is the length of a football pitch and the height of six double-decker buses.
It will take to the skies from its hanger in Cardington airport, Bedfordshire, once its fins and engines are attached this week — three years after work began on it in the UK.
The Airlander 10 needs to clock up 200 hours of flying before it is deemed airworthy by the Civil Aviation Authority and the European Aviation Safety Agency.
Originally created by British manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles as a surveillance aircraft for the US military, this test flight is a key milestone for the Airlander 10.