Friday, May 5, 2017

Comac's C919 successfully completes its maiden flight

The first Comac C919 (B-001A) successfully completed its maiden flight at 1519lt today, after being airborne for one hour and nineteen minutes. The maiden sortie, flown from Shanghai's Pudong International airport, was broadcast live on Chinese television, with a camera behind the pilot's shoulder. Another camera mounted fore of the nose gear faced backward.

The landing gear was extended throughout the entire flight, which appeared to be uneventful. Comac says that all 15 parameter tests originally planned were successfully carried out during the first flight. After the landing, the aircraft taxied to a parking bay, where journalists gathered to film the aircraft's five man crew emerge. (Source: flightglobal.com, 5-May-2017)