CL160 - missed flight air giant
The now-defunct company Cargolifter AG originated 01 September 1996 in Wiesbaden (Germany), was established to provide services and logistics for transporting heavy and oversized cargo. This service was founded on the idea of creating an airship heavy CargoLifter CL160. However, the airship (volume 550 000 m ³, length 260 m, diameter 65 m, height 82 m) designed to carry 160 tons of payload to a distance of 10 000 km, was never built, despite the considerable amount of work done in this area. Meanwhile, the unused military airfield was built hangar, designed for the production and operation of CL160. Hangar (360 m long, 220 m wide and 106 m in height), was in itself a miracle of technology and is still the largest such object, it exceeds the size of boathouses 1930.
However, technical complexity (akin to airplane design), the limited financial resources, as well as the short time available to the initiators of the event before going to self-sufficiency, have done quite a risky project - it became clear that the collected from the sale of shares have not been sufficient to bring the project to the end. As a result, 7 June 2002 the company announced its bankruptcy and liquidation procedures beginning with the start of next month. The fate of 300 million euros, the proceeds from the sale of shares more than 70 000 investors, are still unclear. In June 2003, the objects were sold by the company for less than 20% of the cost of construction costs. Hangar giant is now used as a theme park called "Tropical Island", which opened in 2004.