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KHI C-X First Flight Update...  
User currently offlineBritjap From Japan, joined Aug 2006, 280 posts, RR: 2
Posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7607 times:

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking to a couple of guys from Kawasaki involved with the C-X programme. I haven't heard anything about the status of this programme for quite a while so I was keen to ask questions...

Amongst other things, they both seemed pretty confident that the first flight of the KHI C-X would occur before the end of January.

They also said however that if doesn't happen by the end of January, then it most definitely will happen before the end of March.

So it seems that it is fairly imminent. First flight will take place from KHI Gifu plant co-located with JASDF Gifu Air Base.

Hopefully there won't be any further delays/disappointments.

Regards.

 Smile

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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2930 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7537 times:

I don't want to turn this into an A-400M bashing thread, but...

Jan or Mar of what year?

All kidding aside, I can't wait to see this plane airborne.



The last of the famous international playboys
User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12150 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7448 times:

Thanks for the update on the C-X. This is an important program for the JSDAF. I am still hoping for international sale. If she fly by the end of March 2010, that will be a very active 6 months for flight testing around the world.

G-550
A-330-200F
A-400M
B-787-800

And yet to come soon;

B-747-8F
C-X

 bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineBritjap From Japan, joined Aug 2006, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7070 times:



Quoting Spacepope (Reply 1):
Jan or Mar of what year?

One is displeased by your cynicism and lack of faith!!!  mad   Wink
(Though I can understand it entirely)

Though I am not able to fully confirm/verify this, the latest I heard is that the C-X is undertaking ground testing including high speed taxi tests.

The target date is most definitely set for the end of the month and apparently the guys at Gifu are working flat out to make it happen.

Regards


User currently offlineBritjap From Japan, joined Aug 2006, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 6789 times:

Japanese media have the story now...

http://www.gifu-np.co.jp/news/kennai/20100108/201001080854_9701.shtml
http://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/na...ional/news/CK2010010802000160.html

According to this...

http://www.gifu-np.co.jp/news/kennai/20100119/201001190842_9787.shtml

C-X completed first runway tests just yesterday.

Here's a link to a blog with some pictures of the TRDI 'telemetry' vehicle that will be used for C-X flight tests. Seems to have been revealed at last years Gifu Airshow.

http://ameblo.jp/blog-souku/entry-10427133448.html

Rgds.


User currently offlineBritjap From Japan, joined Aug 2006, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6418 times:

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/news/2010/01/25d.html

Official confirmation is out and first flight is imminent.

First flight will occur tomorrow morning (Tuesday 26th Jan. 2010) from Gifu Airbase.

At that point the aircraft will officially be designated XC-2.

There is a possibility that the test will be delayed/postponed due to inclement weather.

I imagine that they will want to avoid that scenario... Invitations to partner companies for the event have already been sent and received.

Rgds.


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12150 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 23 hours ago) and read 6364 times:

Sorry, my Japanese reading abilities are not very good, in fact they are non-exsistant. But it is good to see the XC-2 is ready to fly, depending on weather.

User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6485 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 21 hours ago) and read 6335 times:

The specs on this aircraft are quite comparable to the A400M. What is the unit cost of this product? I don't believe the Japanese are in the export business, but perhaps it could be an option for USAF if the need for such an airframe arose.


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User currently offlineSejowa From United States of America, joined May 2006, 352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 20 hours ago) and read 6307 times:

Thank you for the update, I'm fond of this plane!

Some taxi tests: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GZ10bk3ySg


User currently offlineBritjap From Japan, joined Aug 2006, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (4 years 8 months 4 hours ago) and read 6021 times:

It finally happened!!!

http://www.mod.go.jp/trdi/news/index.html

Flight occurred this morning (2010.1.26)
Take-off was at 10:21 (Japanese time) at Gifu Airbase.
XC-2 performed various systems tests and a simulated landing before returning to Gifu Airbase landing safely just over an hour later at 11:33.

JMoD is reported as being happy with the initial results.

Pilot reported as saying it handled as expected from the simulators.

The test aircraft is expected to be formally delivered to the Japanese MoD by the end of March, for evaluation, testing and acceptance.



I have been waiting for this flight for at least four years. I know a few people who attended the event at KHI Gifu works. Unfortunately I couldn't be one of them but a great day nonetheless!!


Predictably someone has gotten a video up on YouTube pretty quick.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXSDLAlyf8M

Assorted news articles
http://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/na...ional/news/CK2010012602000241.html
http://mainichi.jp/select/wadai/news/m20100126k0000e040030000c.html
http://www.gifu-np.co.jp/news/kennai/20100126/201001261329_9837.shtml

I look forward to the first pic appearing in the A.net DB.

Rgds.


User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2930 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5798 times:

Looks pretty big, compared to the chase planes (T-4s?). Wonderful. Now only if they could export it...


The last of the famous international playboys
User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12150 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5694 times:



Quoting Britjap (Reply 9):
It finally happened!!!

http://www.mod.go.jp/trdi/news/index.html

Flight occurred this morning (2010.1.26)
Take-off was at 10:21 (Japanese time) at Gifu Airbase.
XC-2 performed various systems tests and a simulated landing before returning to Gifu Airbase landing safely just over an hour later at 11:33.

Congrads to Japan.  bigthumbsup 

Quoting Spacepope (Reply 10):
Now only if they could export it...

 bigthumbsup 


User currently offlinePolymerPlane From United States of America, joined May 2006, 991 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5584 times:

Will Japan export this aircraft? I was looking at the performance numbers, it should kick A400M ass hands down.


One day there will be 100% polymer plane
User currently offline747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2143 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5203 times:

Kawasaki Heavy Industries XC2 transport for Japan's Air Self-Defense Force achieved its first flight Tuesday, here is the video from this event :

http://blog.seattlepi.com/aerospace/archives/192487.asp



Operating a twin over the ocean, you're always one engine failure from a total emergency.
User currently offlineSeJoWa From United States of America, joined May 2006, 352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5174 times:

Thank you!  

think long and hard before posting a message in this forum and make it detailed and a valuable addition to the topic

Think think... um, I like the disproportionately large fans... shadows of Keesje's Ecoliner there!

Is anyone bold enough to wade into a discussion about prices?  covereyes 


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