Spirit delivers Mitsubishi's first flight test pylon

30 April 2014

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. (NYSE: SPR) said it has rolled out the first flight test pylon for the Mitsubishi regional jet aircraft.

The pylon and underwing structure are used to mount the aircraft´s Pratt and Whitney power plant to the wing and are designed and manufactured by Spirit at the company´s Wichita, Kan., facility.

In 2008, Mitsubishi awarded a contract to Spirit AeroSystems to design and build pylons for both the MRJ70 and MRJ90 aircraft models. The work package also includes systems, pylon-to-wing integration hardware and the aft fairing package. Spirit has more than 75 years of experience designing and producing pylons.

The MRJ is a next-generation regional jet developed by Mitsubishi Aircraft based on technology cultivated by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The MRJ family consists of the MRJ90 (90 seat class) and the MRJ70 (70 seat class). These aircraft have common wings, empennage, engines and systems. In addition, they have commonalities in pilot type rating, maintenance program and spare parts.

Spirit AeroSystems, with headquarters in Wichita, Kan., USA, is one of the world´s largest non-OEM designers and manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial aircraft. In addition to its Wichita and Chanute facilities in Kansas, Spirit has locations in Tulsa and McAlester, Okla.; Kinston, N.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; Prestwick, Scotland; Preston, England; Subang, Malaysia; and Saint-Nazaire, France.

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