2nd C919 tests its mettle in debut flight
The second C919 test aircraft, China’s first domestically developed narrowbody passenger jet, made its debut flight on Dec 17, indicating the plane is starting the prelude of large-scale experiments and test flights, its manufacturer, Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd, says. The flight took off at 10:34 am from Shanghai Pudong International Airport and returned at 12:34 pm, according to the company. During the flight, performance checks were made of take-off, landing and the working status of various main systems and equipment. The performance of landing gear and the navigation and communication systems were also inspected. COMAC says it will send six aircraft on test flights and complete more than 1,000 compliance tests. Another two aircraft will carry out ground tests, including static and fatigue tests. So far, 785 orders for the C919 have been placed by 27 customers in China and abroad.
The second prototype of the C919 aircraft, China’s first domestically developed narrow-body passenger jet, prepares to take off from Shanghai on Dec 17. The original prototype’s first long-haul test flight was in November.