Giant fin secured to Airlander in preparation for first flight

Airlander is fitted with a fin ahead of its first flight PNL-160229-115837001
Airlander is fitted with a fin ahead of its first flight PNL-160229-115837001

A giant fin has been craned into place on the world’s largest aircraft ahead of its first flight over Bedfordshire.

Work on the Airlander, at Hybrid Air Vehicles, will see the last of the major attachments - the fins and engines - completed in next few weeks.

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Airlander is fitted with a fin ahead of its first flight PNL-160229-115823001

The first fin was fitted in a matter of hours last week, using a crane usually used in rail engineering. The fin, measuring 9m by 11m, was secured to the hull with a series of cables and clamps.

Members of the public interested in viewing the airship in its Cardington Shed, can join the Airlander Club and apply for an exclusive hard-hat tour.

Up until First Flight, £25 will buy a lifetime Founder Membership, after which time new memberships will become annual and benefits will be reduced.

For more information, go to www.hybridairvehicles.com/airlander-club

Airlander is fitted with a fin ahead of its first flight PNL-160229-115811001

Airlander is fitted with a fin ahead of its first flight PNL-160229-115811001