Unique new aircraft will take Thurston’s Air Cadet Squadron’s name aloft

863 Squadron Air Cadets with Airlander's Barry Robertson ANL-160606-124019001
863 Squadron Air Cadets with Airlander's Barry Robertson ANL-160606-124019001
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Air Cadets from 863 (Thurston) Squadron’s name will take to the air on the Hybrid Air Vehicles company’s Airlander aircraft, which is considered to be the biggest Aerospace story since Concorde.

Dr Barry Robertson, the science, technology, engineering and mathematics ambassador for the company, visited the squadron to run a special workshop with the 12- to 19-year-old cadets.

The Hybrid Air Vehicles's Airlander ANL-160606-124032001

The Hybrid Air Vehicles's Airlander ANL-160606-124032001

New recruit Cadet Lewis Parkins,13, said “The design of Airlander is amazing and at over 300ft long it will be the largest flying aircraft in the world.”

The unique aircraft flies using a mix of lighter-than-air technology and conventional aerodynamic lift and can stay airborne for over 2 weeks. It is housed in one of the two huge airship hangars located at Cardington near Bedford.

As 863 (Thurston) Sqn are now founder members of the Airlander Club, the hull of the aircraft will be inscribed with ‘863 (Thurston) Sqn’ during the 2016 flight trials.