Sun, Apr 17, 2005
There was an Eclipse out in the sun today. The Eclipse being the
jet of the same name -- the first one in the test program to
venture out of Albuquerque -- and the sun was, of course, in
Florida, where Eclipse introduced the jet, still in flight test, to
On arrival, the jet taxied in as far as possible and was then
towed to a prepared space at the Eclipse display, where Eclipse
workers, including CEO Vern Raburn (is this what they call a
hands-on CEO or what?) pushed it into place.
Unlike the nice mockup that thousands of show-goers have trooped
through, the flying Eclipse is a working bird, jammed to the beak
with flight test recording equipment, but it is also a fully
conforming prototype and is already taking part in a series of
certification flight tests.
We'll have MUCH MORE coverage for you shortly, including an
interview with Eclipse's Vern Raburn, but for now, here are some
pictures to hold you.
Raburn, who flew the Mu-2 chase plane, told us that the flight
was absolutely normal in all respects -- and at 25,000 feet, the
Eclipse was burning less fuel than the Mitsubishi turboprop.
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