Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of the British heavy metal band IRON MAIDEN and founder of Cardiff Aviation Ltd., is one of the investors involved in unveiling the world's largest aircraft. The Hybrid Air Vehicle (HAV), which has been named Airlander, can stay airborne for up to three weeks and will be vital in delivering several tons of humanitarian aid.
Bruce, who recently underwent a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology to treat a small cancerous tumor, visited the Hybrid Air Vehicles headquarters this week to help the company out with the media. According to Hybrid Air Vehicles, Dickinson is "fit and well" and is "even sporting a new 'tache, so things are looking up!"
Photos taken during Bruce's visit to Hybrid Air Vehicles can be seen below (courtesy of Iron Maiden España).
Airlander's ability to change air travel forever is now widely recognized by the public. Not only can Airlander stay in the air for days, it offers incredible fuel efficiency, minimal noise pollution and does not require a runway. Airlander offers a revolutionary alternative to aid distribution, heavy cargo lift, luxury travel, all with minimal impact on the environment.
The Airlander uses cutting-edge materials and engineering, is environmentally friendly and innovative. Its ground breaking technology will open up new capacities from delivering humanitarian aid to disaster zones with no runways, to opening up slow travel and unique ways of seeing our precious earth from the skies.
Dickinson compared the ship to Thunderbird 2 and described the craft as a "game changer, in terms of things we can have in the air and things we can do." He told Radio 4's "Today" program: "It will be able to cross the Atlantic and launch things right where they need to be."
"The airship has always been with us, it's just been waiting for the technology to catch up," Dickinson said.
The Airlander's first passenger flight is scheduled for 2016.