Taiwan conducts inaugural test flight for second ‘Brave Eagle’ trainer jet

Total of 66 Brave Eagle AJTs expected to be delivered by 2026 to replace nation's current trainer aircraft

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/12/27
By: Kelvin Chen, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Test pilots Kuan Yen-nien (left) and Lu Chih-yuan. (Military News Agency photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) —The second domestically built Brave Eagle Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) successfully completed its inaugural flight on Saturday (Dec. 26).

The Military News Agency on Saturday pointed out that after the new trainer jet finished its first flight, the test pilot will continue conducting a number of flight assessments.

Lu Chih-yuan (路志元), one of Saturday’s test pilots, said that the ATJ must be tested thoroughly, from the aircraft's development phase to its large-scale production. Test pilots are involved during assembly, engine inspection, full-performance test runs, low-speed and high-speed taxiing trials, and other processes.

Lu will share the test results with engineers and work with them to make adjustments to improve the aircraft’s technical capabilities. Through further flight tests and fine-tuning, the Brave Eagle will be tested until it meets the needs of the Air Force.    [FULL  STORY]

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