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Encyclopedia > Maiden flight

The Maiden flight of an aircraft is the first occasion on which an aircraft leaves the ground of its own accord. It is usually called the First Flight in North America.


The first flight of a new aircraft type is always an historic occasion for the type. It is also one of the most dangerous. The first flight of a new type is almost invariable carried out by a highly experienced test pilot. Test pilots who have carried out the first flight of a new type are often accorded special status by their peers.


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STEMME S6 Maiden Flight (553 words)
The original plan was to perform the maiden flight in the afternoon of November 29
Due to bad weather the flight lasted just seven minutes, however we were able to perform two more flights the following day leading to a total airtime of more than an hour within these two days.
During flight it maintains a stable attitude of flight in all three axes.
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