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500HL (Heavy Lift).
the success of the Skyship 500, and AD500 series, and with the
advent of the Skyship 600 in 1984, it was decided to adapt the
Skyship 500 to allow more lift, and thus giving more versitility
to the ship. It was decided to fit a Skyship 500, with a newer
Skyship 600 envelope. The idea being that this would have the
added advantage ofr some 30% more lift without any additional
The first Skyship 500HL conversion
was to SK500-04 whch first flew successfully in March 1984. In
all a further 5 SK500's were converted to the HL format and flown.
The first ship, registration G-SKSC was based in Paris for local
flights over the city.
|Related ships: SkyShip
600, SkyShip 5000
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