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'Flying Bum': World's Largest AirshipTakes Maiden Voyage

In case it isn't immediately clear — the Airlander 10 earned its "Flying Bum" nickname due to the resemblance its plump front end shares with a butt

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    The Hybrid Air Vehicles HAV 304 Airlander 10 hybrid airship is seen in the air on its maiden flight at Cardington Airfield near Bedford, north of London, on August 17, 2016.

    The world's largest aircraft has taken off on its maiden flight, NBC News reported.

    The 302-foot-long "Airlander 10" is filled with 1.3 million cubic feet of helium, can reach an altitude of up to 16,000 feet, and stay in the air for five days.

    The manufacturer HAV (Hybrid Air Vehicles) claims the aircraft can be used for surveillance, communications and humanitarian aid deliveries.

    In case it isn't immediately clear — the Airlander 10 earned its "Flying Bum" nickname due to the resemblance its plump front end shares with a human's butt.