Watch Bruce Dickinson’s Airlander 10 Aircraft Crash During Flight
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Dickinson, an aviation enthusiast, is one of several celebrities who’ve helped back the 302-foot aircraft. The ship went down at Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire, U.K., during its second test flight. The first flight, on Aug. 17, had no problems.
As you can see in the video, the crash itself was a pretty unspectacular one, nothing at all like another famous blimp accident from history. But nobody was hurt, and according to developer Hybrid Air Vehicles (via Blabbermouth), the crew was “safe and well.” “The flight went really well, and the only issue was when it landed,” it noted.
Dickinson reportedly invested $360,000 in Airlander 10. Back in 2014, he called the aircraft “a game changer, in terms of things we can have in the air and things we can do. The airship has always been with us [and] it’s just been waiting for the technology to catch up.”
The singer is both a pilot and airplane historian. Iron Maiden’s custom Ed Force One jumbo jet has even been piloted by Dickinson on occasion. The plane was temporarily grounded earlier this year to undergo some repairs, but it was soon up and running and shuttling the band to stops on its Book of Souls world tour.
Dickinson’s enthusiasm for Airlander 10 most likely remains undeterred after this recent setback. As he told The Guardian last year, “I’m not expecting to get my money back anytime soon, I just want to be part of it. Being a rock person, I could put it up my nose, or buy a million Rolls Royces and drive them into swimming pools, or I could do something useful.”
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