February 23, 2002
This photo shows the aft center pedestal of one of two CRJ-700 prototypes in Wichita during the flight test program. The spin chute control panel is used to deploy a ballistic parachute located in the aircraft tailcone. The chute enables the aircraft to recover from deep stalls and spins and is only found on flight test aircraft. The other orange panels allow the test pilots to initiate functions not necessarily available to pilots of production aircraft.