MC-21 comes of age

Trade sanctions imposed by the West have prompted Russia to further develop its own civilian aircraft. Piotr Butowski assesses the facts and fantasy around the Irkut MC-21

The first MC-21-310 fitted with Russian PD-14 engines after leaving the production hall in Irkutsk in November 2020 

Russia’s pledge to fly its first Irkut MC-21-310 powered by domestically built engines by the end of 2020 remains on course after the aircraft rolled off the production line recently. The first MC-21-310, 73057 (c/n 21007), fitted with Russian PD-14 engines left the production hall of the Irkut plant in Irkutsk on November 6 and was due to undergo final checks and ground tests as AIR International went to press

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