India Gets Republic Day Gift, Home Made Saras Transport Aircraft Flies Once Again

The National Aeronautics Laboratories (NAL)-developed Saras aircraft on Wednesday completed a successful first flight in its new avatar. The new upgraded version of the plane, development of which was nearly scrapped after its first crash in March 2009, is a 14-seater and was in the skies for 40 minutes.

The SARAS PT1N (14 seater) flight on Wednesday was commanded by Wing Commander UP Singh, Group Captain RV Panicker and Group Captain KP Bhat from the Indian Air Force’s Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE).

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