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Brad alerted us to the first flight of Japan's Kawasaki XC-2 prototype airlifter, and here is the video from the JDA's Technical Research and Development Institute.Video: TRDI, via YouTubeThe Jan. 26 first flight was more than two years behind schedule as the airframe had to be strengthened after problems were discovered with its structural integrity.The XC-1 (then C-X) was rolled out alongside Kawasaki's XP-1 (then P-X) maritime patrol aircraft in July 2007. The four-engined, low-wing XP-1 made its first flight in September 2007.Video: TRDIAlthough they look quite different, the two aircraft do share some degree of systems commonality. But whereas the XP-1 is powered by four indigenously developed IHI XF7-10 turbofans, the XC-2 has a pair of GE CF6-80C2s.The C-2 will replace the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's Kawasaki C-1s, while the P-1 will replace the Maritime Self-Defense Force's Kawasaki-built P-3 Orions.
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