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Irkut MS-21 makes maiden flight

The new Russian airliner Irkut MS-21-300 (‘MC-21-300’ in Russian) has performed its first flight on 28 May 2017 from the airfield of the Irkutsk Aviation Plant. The flight lasted only 30 minutes, at an altitude of 1000 meters. The aircraft didn’t fly faster than 300 km/h. The flight plan included checking of in-flight stability and […]

First flight for new civil Hercules

The Lockheed Martin LM-100J Commercial Freighter has completed its first flight on 25 May 2017. Chief test pilot Wayne Roberts said that the aircraft performed flawlessly, like a new military C-130J production aircraft. The flight followed the same test flight route over North Georgia and Alabama that is used for all C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. […]

COMAC C919 makes first flight

The COMAC C919 passenger jet has successfully completed its first flight today, from Shanghai’s Pudong International airport, where the final assembly line of the aircraft is located. The aircraft was in the air for around eighty minutes and performed well according to COMAC. The C919 is intended as a competitor of the Boeing 737 and […]

Antonov An-132 takes off

The Antonov An-132 made its maiden flight today, 31 March 2017, the same day as the Airbus A319neo and the Boeing 787-10 double-stretch Dreamliner. The Antonov/Taqnia An-132 is an improved version of the Antonov An-32 twin-engined turboprop transport aircraft and is being developed jointly by Saudi Arabia and Ukraine. It is a multi-role aircraft for […]

First Airbus A319neo flies

The third and smallest member of the Airbus A320neo Family, the A319neo, has begun flight testing today, 31 March 2017. The first Airbus A319neo (new engine option) performed its maiden flight from Hamburg and landed in Toulouse after 5 hours in the air. The aircraft was flown by test pilots Michel Gagneux and Eckard Hausser. […]

Airbus A350-1000 has taken off

The Airbus A350-1000 XWB has taken off for its maiden flight from Toulouse Blagnac Airport, France, around 10.50 a.m. local time, today, 24 November 2016. The new A350-version measures almost 74 metres from nose to tail (73.78 m to be exactly, 242.1 ft). That is 7,00 metres longer than the standard A350-900. In a typical […]

Giant Airlander 10 takes off

The biggest aircraft in the world, the Airlander 10, developed by Hybrid Air Vehicles in England, successfully completed its first flight on Wednesday 17 August 2016. Airlander 10 took off from the historic Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire, England, for a short flight of only 19 minutes, just before darkness. During its first flight, chief test […]