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Following 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 weight costs.
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.
500HL (Heavy Lift).
|Related ships: SkyShip
600, SkyShip 5000
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