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AW609 Tiltrotor Program Sets Major Milestone with First Production Aircraft’s Maiden Flight

The aircraft took to the air in Philadelphia on 13th October testing general handling and systems - This tiltrotor will support mission capability evaluation and expansion as the program moves closer to certification. Three customers’ production aircraft are on the final assembly line in Philadelphia. - The AW609 will revolutionize air transport thanks to its rotorcraft-like versatility and airplane-like performance The world’s first multirole tiltrotor program, designed to redefine a range of commercial and public services, set a major milestone with the maiden flight of the first AW609 production aircraft. This aircraft introduces unprecedented capabilities under a dedicated ‘powered lift category’ civil certification now under development. Designated AC5, the aircraft took to the air at Leonardo’s Philadelphia-based site on 13th October performing as expected the initial in-flight evaluation of systems and general handling. The first production aircraft joins a prototype based