Bedfordshire’s leading-edge airship, Airlander, is just months from its maiden flight after its historic Cardington Shed home completed a multi-million pound refurbishment. The Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) airship is being rebuilt and tested inside the Grade II* listed Hangar 1, the only purpose-built airship hangar in the UK.
HAV CEO Stephen McGlennan said: “We’ve got a brand new Hangar, we’ve got a brand new type of aircraft and we’ve created some brand new jobs. We’ll be finishing the assembly of the Airlander by the turn of the year and be flying early in 2016.”
The Shed was built in 1915, and was officially reopened by Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson, on Friday (October 16) after its first refurbishment for more than 50 years.