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ANALYSIS: GE9X completes first phase of flight testing

In the second week of May, the crew of an Antonov An-124 operated by Russian cargo operator Volga-Dnepr got to work on the flightline at Victorville, California, loading a pallet measuring 3.96m (13ft) wide and 7.77m long into the cargo bay of the chartered widebody freighter for emergency shipment to Columbus, Ohio. The size of the payload and the route were dead give-aways: GE Aviation's first GE9X flight-test engine was coming home to Evendale, Ohio.

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