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Watch the world's largest aircraft take its maiden voyageThe helium-filled Airlander 10 made its first flight near London. Jonathan Vigliotti gives us a closer look at the aircraft nicknamed "the Flying Bum".
[NOISE] On an airfield just north of London the world's longest air craft spreads its tiny wings and takes to the sky. Measuring in around the width and length of a football field, the Airlander Ten is not what you'd call conventional. Up close It looks even stranger. This is the flight deck. I'll bring you up here. But chief test pilot David Burns who was at the controls for the Air-Landers maiden flight says you need to look beyond the shape of the hull which has been, you could say the **** of some jokes To appreciate the very modern machine. A normal flight deck, any pilot would feel right at home coming in here. The helium filled Airlander is, in fact, a Frankenstein of technologies, taking the shape and lift benefits of a blimp, and combining them with the maneuverability of a helicopter and the load capacity of a small cargo plane. Its creator's hybrid air vehicles Claim the aircraft is super efficient. And essentially, the engines of four SUVs propel this thing? That's right, yep. Spokesman, Chris Daniels claims it could be used to drop humanitarian aid into disaster areas. It can land and take off from anywhere, it's amphibious it can land on water, land on a lake, desert, ice, you name it. But the Airlander can't compete with planes when it comes to speed. It tops off at around 70 miles an hour. Jonathan Vigliotti CBS News London