Russia’s new MC-21 narrowbody commercial aircraft will have its composite wing reinforced before it can start flight trials, its designer, Irkut Corp., confirmed April 4. It is unclear whether this modification will postpone the first flight, currently scheduled for this spring. The decision was taken after the static tests. The MC-21 is the first Russian commercial airliner with a composite wing. At the end of February, the wingbox passed fatigue tests at the TsAGI Central ...

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