Martha Gwyn or the “flying bum” came a cropper on landing after her 100 minute test flight yesterday
My partner and I (who are lovers of pass the pigs) wonder whether this is a snouter or a leaning jowler. Either way it is a landing of comic genius that will propel Martha into the hearts of the nation.
If you are lucky enough to get a seat at the LGIM DC conference in mid September you will have the opportunity to hear the CEO of Hybrid Air Vehicles discuss his struggle to get the flying bum off the ground. Steve McGlennan will be on a panel and I’ll be chairing and I’m very excited.
I knew Steve as a young lawyer making a name for himself fifteen years ago. We lost touch when he went off on some mad-cap project (we now know to be this).
He’ll be telling the lucky audience and fellow panellists – what you have to do to innovate on this scale. That should be fun!
Stephen’s a canny scot and he knows good publicity when he sees it. The ongoing saga of testing this thing has a long way to run. Airlander is not due to go into production till 2020 and in the meantime, we have our first aeronautical curiosity since Concorde to enjoy.
I am sure I will hear all the details for Stephen before, at and after the conference- he’s not shy. This is Stephen’s good humoured response to my mail of condolence.
We’ll fly on. You wouldn’t expect any less of me.CheersSteve
Some say it hit a pole , but Hybrid Air Vehicles deny this.
I’m sorry it didn’t , if only because it makes my clumsy joke about bums and poles and penis envy even sillier than it seemed when I posted it last night.
It doesn’t matter – none of this matters – except the insane joy of the dirigible and its magnificence.
Chitty Chitty Bang – Caractacus Pots – you should have been alive in such an hour!
Pensions – we need a dirigible we can call our own!