The Airlander

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(P1) The Airlander is a cross between a plane, an airship, and a helicopter. It is really big – it is as long as a football pitch and as tall as six double-decker buses. People call it the biggest aircraft in the world.

(P2) Recently, the Airlander made its debut in England. Before its first use, however, it must fly at least for 200 hours.

(P3) The makers of the aircraft believe that it could be the aircraft of the future. It can carry as much as a big airplane, but it produces much less noise and it is eco-friendly. The company plans to build twelve Airlanders every year.


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If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Would you fly in this type of airship? Why or why not?
  3. In your opinion do you think this type of air travel will be successful?
  4. What do you think the inside of this airship looks like?


What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Cross between (P1)
  • Double-decker buses (P1)
  • First use (P2)
  • Eco-friendly (P3)

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Image Source: By J. Rohrer, CC BY 3.0

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