World's Largest Ass Flies for the First Time

The Airlander 10, the world's largest aircraft, is part airplane, part helicopter, and part blimp. But thanks to its comically bulbous shape, most people think it looks like an enormous butt. And that enormous butt took to the skies for the first time on Wednesday, as you can see in the video above.

As explained in a report by the Associated Press, the spectacular 302ft ship relies mostly on helium to stay aloft, and it can reach altitudes of over 16,000ft and zoom up to 90mph. Hybrid Air Vehicles, the company developing the Airlander, said it's designed to carry heavier loads than other aircraft while using less fuel, which allows it to stay in the air for as long as two weeks. The ship, or even larger versions of it, could start carrying cargo and passengers around 2020. So far, it's unclear whether its butt-like appearance will be any less hilarious by then. 

The test flight, which was observed by dozens of people hoping to catch a glimpse of the ass plane, lasted for about 19 minutes, according to a press release. Here's another video capturing its journey, so you can sufficiently take in the miracle of flight... oh, and how it looks like a gigantic ass:

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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and would love to see this thing in real life. Send news tips to and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.