Second MC-21 Joins Flight Test Programme
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May 16, 2018Irkut Corporation, part of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation, has successfully conducted the maiden flight of the second MC-21-300 prototype.
The aircraft, 73053 (c/n 0003), took off from the Irkutsk Aviation Plant on May 12 and completed a 1hr 17min flight, during which it reached 3,000m (9,843ft) and a speed of 400km/h (216kts). It was flown by company test pilots Vasily Sevastyanov and Andrey Voropayev who performed various tasks including testing the aircraft for stability and control during various wing configurations as well as retracting and extending the jet's undercarriage. This latest success for the programme comes almost 12 months after the type's first flight.
Denis Manturoy, acting minister of industry and trade for the Russian Federation, remarked: "The flight of the second aircraft will ensur