They took the Airlander out for another test spin yesterday evening, and you'll never guess what happened. It went up as planned and flew around as planned, then landed as planned. There was no wheeling about or destruction or disintegration in the slightest. All the parts of the chassis are where they are supposed to be.
The test flight saw the bloated thing take off at dinner time yesterday from its home at the Cardington Airfield, fly up to heights of around 3,000 feet, then land and get itself tethered back to its mast, all according to plan. No debris was scattered around the area. The pilots didn't even spill their tea. There is no need for an investigation into what went wrong, as nothing went wrong. Maybe airships can be trusted now.
They did a few landing rehearsals at 3,000 feet before coming down too. The company said: "Achieved all the aims, mainly around checking the performance of the new Auxiliary Landing System (our 'landing feet'). We're all delighted with the flight. Hope you were too!" [BBC]
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