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New Gen AirShips - Hybrid Air Vehicles, UK

Old 24th Aug 2016, 13:03
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Something has been bugging me about the shape of the AirLander, that I have seen it somewhere before, and then it clicked.

http://www.dalek-mania.co.uk/DS.htm

Do we need to be worried?
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Old 24th Aug 2016, 13:20
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Video of the incident...

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Old 24th Aug 2016, 13:41
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If you watch the above video, I recommend you click on start and then go for a tea break and come back later. It might be near to kissing the ground by then.
This must be a world record for the slowest crash.
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Old 24th Aug 2016, 13:47
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Must have been an agonising wait for the inevitable for the crew
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Old 24th Aug 2016, 13:59
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I like the quote from the company:

A spokesman said: "The flight went really well and the only issue was when it landed."
I think that applies to most crashes.....
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Old 24th Aug 2016, 14:07
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Indeed, 212Man - "It was going fine until it crashed....."

Oh dear

What a pity

Never mind
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Old 24th Aug 2016, 14:14
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A bit late on the roundout, Bloggs.
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Old 24th Aug 2016, 14:20
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Of course, no experimental Fast Jet, Airliner, Truckie, Piston, Glider or Helicopter has ever had a dent in the early testing phase has it? At least with this "Austin Powers" style sloooowwww crrraaaasssshhhhh it should be fixed quickly and all concerned are well enough to work out exactly what "corner" they found themselves in....
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Old 24th Aug 2016, 15:28
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On the plus side, if that is a "crash", then it has amazing survivability!

They must have had time to debrief the event before contact with the ground.
Probably get the paperwork started!
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Old 24th Aug 2016, 15:30
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They put this statement on Facebook:

Today the prototype Airlander 10 undertook its second test flight and flew for 100 minutes, completing all the planned tasks before returning to Cardington to land. The Airlander experienced a heavy landing and the front of the flight deck has sustained some damage which is currently being assessed. Both pilots and the ground crew are safe and well and the aircraft is secured and stable at its normal mooring location. Hybrid Air Vehicles runs a robust set of procedures for flight test activities and investigation of issues. We will be running through these in the days ahead as we continue the development of the Airlander aircraft. Further updates will follow in due course.

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Old 24th Aug 2016, 15:30
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You have to wonder if they had a control failure?
I would have expected to see the front thrusters at least trying to stop the plunge?
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Old 24th Aug 2016, 16:58
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I do hope that this is a waste of private money. Built for an "Earth" with winds less than 5kts? Should look good at Brunters, next to the "Skyflop".

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Old 24th Aug 2016, 20:14
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"I do hope that this is a waste of private money"

Why? Were you disappointed when the Pred/Reap proved very effective on Ops as it didn't have a man in it, or, indeed that the world was proven not to be flat? If this was Govt funding and taking cash away from more mainstream capability I'd have more sympathy. The joy of Capitalism is that people can choose where to spend their money (wastefully or otherwise). We bang on on this website about a lack of innovation and the demise of the UK aircraft industry; here's an example of a company bucking the trend but because it doesn't conform to conservative established opinion it's trashed.

Wishing them ill is small minded, rude and frankly unpatriotic. I hope it does well, sells well and returns a handsome profit. If it doesn't, then those that have invested have lost their stake - caveat emptor. It's not like MRA4 leaving a 10 year capability gap and several £Bns of public money behind it.....

Sorry, bit of a rant.
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Old 24th Aug 2016, 20:28
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E8,
Sorry if I was unclear. I do hope that this obvious waste of money blimp is not funded by my taxes. Just my opinion. Cheers

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Old 24th Aug 2016, 20:44
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OAP,
NP chap - there's very little Govt coin invested in this. Most of it is leveraged from Industry (Selex/Leonardo have put some funding in) and private investors. Up to them how they spend their money. If it works, good on them - if not, well, the value of your investment can go down as well as up...

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Old 24th Aug 2016, 20:56
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I spokesman was heard to say...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4uivPpzCGo
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Old 2nd Sep 2016, 07:13
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https://www.hybridairvehicles.com/ne...st-august-2016
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Old 2nd Sep 2016, 09:11
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It is important to reflect on some of the successes of the flight test programme to date.
Can one flight be deemed to be a 'programme'?

Also, Tourist, what did you do to be reduced in rank to Probationary PPRuNer?
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Old 2nd Sep 2016, 11:14
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Whoever's in charge of the company's Twitter feed was clearly aware of the rich seam of comedy this incident created, given they liked my "Yae need more thrust! " and regulation "I'm sure it'll buff out" Tweets...

I'm guessing the crew had more than sufficient time to go cower at the rear of the cabin when the saw the ground inexorably looming.
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Old 2nd Sep 2016, 12:37
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from the video, it looked like the pilot stayed in his seat at the controls until the (slow) end? Looked like the cockpit just in front of him broke away so he might have been better advised to slowly stroll to the back of the craft having tied his belt to the stick and pull it from there!
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