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    Russia Tests First Post-Soviet Commercial Aircraft

    It’s finally getting off the ground. Irkut, an aviation manufacturing subsidiary of Russia’s state-controlled United Aircraft Corporation, has announced that the MS-21, a medium-range passenger plane, successfully carried out a 30-minute maiden flight Sunday. Reaching speeds of 186 mph and an altitude of 3,280 feet, the MS-21 marks Russia’s first real foray into the aviation market in the post-Soviet era. Coming just weeks after China launched its first passenger jet, Russia’s new plane could be another competitor for Boeing and Airbus.

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