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14 June 2013
First flight. Pictures during the flight
Some pictures of the FIRST FLIGHT will be uploaded in this post.
After validating all the flap configurations, chief test pilot Peter Chandler signalled that the aircraft was "behaving extremely well", cruising at 13,000ft, and that the crew was preparing to climb to 25,000ft to explore a higher speed regime.
The aircraft reached 25,000ft about 3h after take-off and then headed west towards Pau.
Some 30min after lift-off the aircraft, travelling at about 190kt, retracted its landing-gear for the first time.