First mil­i­tary tri­als for the FAB’s fu­ture trans­port air­craft

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

The in­hab­i­tants of Campo Grande (MS) have fol­lowed un­usual move­ment in the city’s skies: since June 13, the KC-390 trans­port/tanker air­craft is de­ployed at the city’s air­base for a tri­als cam­paign that will con­tinue un­til July 9. One of the most ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated tests, the first drop of para­troop­ers, took place on June 21 and was con­sid­ered a suc­cess by those in­volved.

“There were ma­jor con­cerns about the para­troop­ers’ exit from the fuse­lage be­cause there is an aero­dy­namic flow around a new air­frame. For­tu­nately, the feed­back we re­ceived from the mil­i­tary was very pos­i­tive, they re­ported that the exit was very smooth,” said Colonel Clau­dio Evan­ge­lista, the Força Aérea Brasileira’s (FAB) Tech­ni­cal Man­ager of the KC-390 pro­gramme.

The first para­trooper to jump out of the KC-390 was the Com­man­der of the Air­borne Res­cue Squadron (EAS), known as PARASAR, Ma­jor An­der­son Oliveira Schi­avo. With him, 17 other mil­i­tary per­son­nel of the Brazil­ian Air Force and Brazil­ian Army per­formed a free-fall jump from 12,000 feet (over 3.5 km), us­ing both the rear ramp and the side doors to exit the fuse­lage. Dur­ing the next few days, hooked jump tests will take place.

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