Airbus plans for around 2,500 flight test hours to achieve certification of the aircraft using five test aircraft. MSN001 is the first test aircraft to fly, equipped with about 30 tons of test instrumentation. The aircraft is going to be used for basic performance tests in the first phase, opening the flight envelope to extremes including flutter and maximum dive tests relatively early in the program. MSN003 will be the second aircraft to fly, and is scheduled to join the test ...
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