Hungarian Air Force first C-390 Millennium

Video shows behind the scenes of Hungary’s first Embraer KC-390 flight

Airlifter completed maiden flight on February 8, in preparations for delivery to the Hungarian Air Force, which acquired two aircraft

A week ago, Embraer performed the maiden flight of the first KC-390 Millenium of the Hungarian Air Force, which ordered two aircraft in 2020.

On Thursday, February 15, the Brazilian planemaker published a behind-the-scenes video of the first flight of the Hungarian airlifter.

The flight lasted 4 hours and was preceded by a visit from members of the Hungarian Air Force on board.

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The twin-engine jet, equipped with two IAE V2500 turbofans, took off from the runway at the Gavião Peixoto facility, where Embraer assembles the aircraft – with four crew members responsible for the tests on board.

The Hungarian Air Force’s KC-390 will be able to perform aerial refueling and is also the first to have an Intensive Care Unit on board.

Seven aircraft active

The aircraft is using the provisional registration PT-ZHP prior to delivery, when it will be designated with the number 601.

Hungarian Air Force first C-390 Millennium
Hungarian Air Force first C-390 Millennium (Embraer)

The KC-390 has the serial number 39000014 and is one of only 11 jets of its type to have flown. Embraer has at least three other planes practically completed on order from the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), but their flight status is unknown.

In addition to the six KC-390s that operate at the FAB, there is an active Portuguese Air Force jet and two Embraer demonstration aircraft (PT-ZNJ and PT-ZNG, the latter on loan from the Air Force).

Prototype number 001, PT-ZNF, was reportedly dismantled after an incident in Gavião Peixoto in 2018.


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