Fourth Prototype of China's COMAC C919 Aircraft Completes First Test Flight
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August 1, 2019 - by for reuters.com
The fourth prototype of China's home-built C919 narrowbody passenger plane completed its first test flight on Thursday, its manufacturer said, as the country pushes forward with a homegrown rival to Airbus SE (AIR.PA) and Boeing Co (BA.N) jets.
The test flight from Shanghai lasted for 1 hour and 25 minutes, Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (COMAC) said on its official account on Weibo, China's Twitter-like social media platform.
COMAC said the program's fifth and sixth test planes were scheduled to have their maiden flights later in the second half of 2019.
Continued progress in the #C919 program as a/c 104 took to the early morning skies over Pudong International Airport in Shanghai. #COMAC's 4th C919 prototype successfully completed its 1st test flight mission in 1 hour & 25 minutes including maneuver inspections & system checks! pic.twitter.com/dWOmzAhO2Y
— COMAC America Corp. (@COMACAmerica) August 1, 2019
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