The Sukhoi Superjet 100 took off Tuesday on its maiden flight from Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia. Chief Pilot Alexander Yablontsev and a test pilot, Leonid Chikunov, performed a 65-minute flight from Sukhoi’s Komsomolsk-on-Amur manufacturing facility airfield. During the first flight the SaM146-powered, 95-seat twinjet aircraft made four passes over the runway at different altitudes up to 1, 200 meters, completed a four-turn approach pattern and successfully landed. The crew confirmed the ...

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