Third SSJ100 prototype in flight test at Zhukovsky
The third Sukhoi Superjet 100 prototype has arrived to Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company’s flight-test centre at Zhukovsky in the Moscow Region. The flight from Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Russian Far East was performed upon completion of a series of flights based at the manufacturing plant and painting.
The aircraft, which performed its first flight on 25 July, made the one-day trip with a transit stop at Novosibirsk. The crew members rotated at Novosibirsk, where the aircraft landed for refuelling, with Nikolay Pushenko, who captained the first leg, being replaced by Sergey Korostiev. Andrey Kourov, a fellow test-pilot of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company co-piloted both legs of the flight. After two hours for a crew break and refuelling, the aircraft continued its way to Moscow.
Upon installation of the passenger seats, Sukhoi Superjet 100 SN 95004 will take its place in the static display of MAKS airshow, supplementing the flight display of SSJ100 SN95003. This will allow airline representatives to see the aircraft in the configuration similar to that which will feature when the aircraft is in revenue service. The aircraft will also feature passenger cabin equipment, as well as a certification-ready avionics suite, including options specified by the current contracts and the options catalogue.