Maiden flight of An-132D prototype

The An-132D prototype immediately after taking off from Kiev-Svyatoshino airport on March 31. Note the orange nose radome fitted with flight-test instruments, as well as the various cameras fitted on the wingtips and tailfin.
Sergey Smolentsev

THE PROTOTYPE An-132D (c/n 001), formally rolled out at Antonov’s main production facility in Kiev on December 20 last year (see An-132D prototype rolled out, February 2017, p26), completed its maiden flight on March 31. Now sporting the registration UR-EXK and a new orange nose section fitted with various test instruments, the aircraft took off from Kiev-Svyatoshino Airport, Antonov’s main production facility, at around 1250hrs local time. After spending 1hr 45mins in the air, it landed at Kiev-Gostomel Airport, the company’s main flight-testing facility.

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