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PICTURES: Fourth flight-test MC-21 assembly complete

Russian airframer Irkut has completed assembly and systems installation for a fourth MC-21-300 flight-test aircraft.

Aerospace firm United Aircraft referred to progress on the aircraft as Irkut flew the third flight-test airframe to Ulyanovsk for painting, ahead of its transfer to Moscow.

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This third aircraft, known as MC0004, which conducted its first flight in mid-March, is to be painted at the facility of Spektr-Avia.

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It arrived at Ulyanovsk at about 12:30 local time after a flight of around 5h 30min from the assembly plant in Irkutsk. Irkut says the flight was conducted without any abnormality.

The aircraft, which carries the number 73054, is equipped with a passenger cabin, which Irkut has indicated will be displayed at the upcoming MAKS air show in Moscow.

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Once painting is completed the twinjet will be flown to the Russian capital’s Zhukovsky airport for further flight tests.

Introducing the third and fourth aircraft to the flight-test fleet will “increase intensity” of the MC-21’s certification programme, says United Aircraft president Yuri Slyusar.

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Ulyanovsk is the site of production facilities for the MC-21, with Aviastar manufacturing fuselage panels and various other aerostructures for the type. It is also the location for MC-21 composite wing specialist AeroKompozit.

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