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Bombardier's new jetliner makes its maiden test flight

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Bombardier employees at the C Series test aircraft prior to its first flight in Mirabel, Que., Sept. 16, 2013. The aircraft is the first all-new-design narrow-body plane in its class in decades.

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Bombardier employees and guests take photos of the new C Series test aircraft as it’s prepared for its maiden flight in Mirabel, Que., Sept. 16, 2013. The C Series is the culmination of a $3.9-billion development program showcasing the first all-new single-aisle plane in its class in decades.

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Bombardier employees and guests watch as the C Series test aircraft taxis past for its maiden flight in Mirabel, Que., Sept. 16, 2013.

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Bombardier’s C Series test aircraft taxis to the runway for its maiden flight as employees and guests look on at the company’s Montreal-area facility Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Mirabel, Que.

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Bombardier’s C Series100 test aircraft takes off on its maiden flight Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Mirabel, Que.

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Up, up and away. The C Series test aircraft takes off on its much-delayed maiden test flight Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at the the Bombardier plant in Mirabel, Que.

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Bombardier’s C Series aircraft gains altitude on its first test flight in Mirabel, Que., Sept. 16, 2013.

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The Bombardier C-Series 100 test aircraft performs a low-speed, wheels-down fly-by on its maiden flight at the company’s plant in Mirabel, Que., Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

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Smoke rises from the main landing gear tires of Bombardier’s C Series test aircraft as it touches down after its first flight in Mirabel, Que., Sept. 16, 2013.

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Bombardier’s C Series test aircraft taxis in after its maiden flight Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 in Mirabel, Que.

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Test pilot Chuck Ellis, right, deplanes with his crew after Bombardier’s C Series 100 maiden test flight at the company’s facility Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 in Mirabel, Que.

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Test pilot Chuck Ellis, left, Andy Litavniks, 2nd left, Andreas Hartono and C Series vice-president Rob Dewar, right, chat after Bombardier’s C Series test flight Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 in Mirabel, Que.

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Flight attendants from Porter Airlines walk up to view the C Series aircraft after its first test flight in Mirabel, Quebec, Sept. 16, 2013. Porter wants to fly the aircraft in and out of Toronto’s island airport, a controversial plan.

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Bombardier employees look at the C Series test aircraft after its first flight in Mirabel, Que., Sept. 16, 2013. The flight is a key step in a $3.9-billion program to develop the first all-new narrow-body plane of its size in decades.

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