Bombardier's CRJ1000 prototype took to the skies yesterday from Montreal Mirabel for a 3 hr. 25 min. first flight, reaching a maximum speed of 260 kt. and an altitude of 30,000 ft. "We put the gear up, operated the flaps and slats and exercised our fly-by-wire rudder," pilot Jacques Thibaudeau said. "The aircraft handled similarly to the smaller CRJ900 airliner so flight crews will not have a problem transitioning." Bombardier launched the 100-seat CRJ1000 program in early 2007 and has ...

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