The first flight model of a promising multi-purpose aircraft brand Cessna 408 SkyCourier made its first flight. About this writes Flightglobal.
The duration of the first test flight was 2 hours 15 minutes, the launch took place from the Beach Field airfield in Kansas. Pilots checked the controllability of the aircraft, the operation of its onboard systems, and engines.
Cessna 408 SkyCourier is the largest aircraft of this brand, which belongs to the American aircraft developer Textrton Aviation. The plane received registration number N408PR. The customer of the new aircraft was the courier company FedEx, which in 2017 placed an order for 50 aircraft of this type and left the option for another 50 aircraft.
Cessna 408 SkyCourier is a multi-purpose twin-engine turboprop aircraft, designed according to the plan of the high-wing with a T-tail. The length of the aircraft will be 16.7 m, wingspan – 22 m, height – 6 m.
The aircraft is designed to carry 2.7 tons of cargo in the cargo version or 19 passengers and 2.3 tons of cargo in the cargo-passenger modification. The device can fly at speeds up to 370 km per hour for a distance of up to 740 km.