posted on May, 7 2014 @ 11:13 PM
Mitsubishi revealed pictures of the first static test airframe being used in the MRJ development program. MSN 90001 rolled out of the hangar at the
Komaki South plant to the airport at Nagoya, where it will undergo testing. The airframe is nearly complete, lacking engines, and horizontal
Mitsubishi plans to use seven aircraft for the testing program, five in flight testing, and two static airframes in ground testing. MSN 10001, the
first flight test aircraft is taking shape as well. The tail cone and right wing have been delivered to Komaki. The geared turbofan engines have
been delayed however, and will be delivered "in the next few weeks". First flight is scheduled for next year.
The MRJ is a 70-90 seat regional jet under development between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Toyota Motor Corporation. It's the first commercial
aircraft developed in Japan since the YS-11 in the 1960s. It's also the launch platform for the PW1000G geared turbofan. There are currently 165
orders for the MRJ90, with 160 options. That includes 100 aircraft ordered by SkyWest, who have an option for 100 more.
MRJ prepares for static strength tests