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Embraer's KC-390 military airlifter first prototype performed first runway test

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Embraer's KC-390 military airlifter first prototype performed first runway test
 
According to pictures relayed last Friday by the Globo network, the Embraer KC-390 prototype made its first turn at low speed on the runway of Gaviao Peixoto, at the operational headquarters of Embraer Defesa & Segurança. This first test seems to announce the maiden flight of the aircraft, scheduled for the end of the year, and confirming the timetable announced on October 21, during the deployment ceremony.
     
According to pictures relayed last Friday by the Globo network, the Embraer KC-390 prototype made its first turn at low speed on the runway of Gaviao Peixoto, at the operational headquarters of Embraer Defesa & Segurança. This first test seems to announce the maiden flight of the aircraft, scheduled for the end of the year, and confirming the timetable announced on October 21, during the deployment ceremony. Embraer KC-390 military transport aircraft during first runway test
     
This test was performed for the initial assessment of the ground operation on the engines, embedded systems, trains, brakes, vibration and basic handling of the aircraft. The first KC-390 - among 30 ordered, including the two prototypes - could be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force during the second half of 2016.

The Embraer KC-390 is a medium-size, twin-engine jet-powered military transport aircraft under development by Brazilian aerospace manufacturer Embraer. It is able to perform aerial refueling and to transport cargo and troops. It will be the heaviest aircraft that the company has made, and will be able to transport up to 21 tonnes (23 tons) of cargo, including wheeled armored vehicles.