Piotr Butowski reports on the new Russian airliner that this year conducted its first flight

The MC-21 during its first flight on May 28.
All photographs Irkut unless stated

Certification trials of the Irkut MC21-300 airliner are expected to begin this month (October 2017). These follow the maiden flight on May 28 from the factory’s airfield in Irkutsk near Baikal Lake, Siberia, with Oleg Kononenko and Roman Taskayev at the controls.

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