19 June, 2017 MC-21-300 aircraft performed another flight within the program of in-plant development tests.
Oleg Demchenko, the president of Irkut Corporation said: "Today we made an important step forward: MC-21 aircraft performed a flight with the landing gear retraction and extension. This allows to proceed with new and more complex modes of flight testing".
The delegation of Irkut Corporation (a UAC member) lead by Oleg Demchenko is participating in the Paris International Air Show 2017, which launched today at Le Bourget.
The main task of the delegation at the air show is negotiations with potential buyers of MC-21 aircraft, and also with partners within the program.
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At the Irkutsk Aviation Plant, a branch of Irkut Corporation (part of UAC), the construction of the second MC-21-300 aircraft, intended for flight testing, was completed. The testing results of the first test aircraft were taken into account in the production of a new aircraft. On March 25, the MC-21-300 was transferred from the final assembly shop to the flight test department.
On November 2, 2017, the MC-21-300 test aircraft performed the first flight from the airfield of Flight Research Institute n.a. M.M. Gromov (Zhukovsky city, Moscow region). The flight lasted more than three hours. The characteristics of stability and controllability were assessed at the altitudes varying from 6,000 to 12,000 meters. All aircraft systems operated normally.