It’s a sunny and hot July afternoon in Eastern Washington, and Kenji Okimoto is racing down the runway of Grant County International Airport. Okimoto, a vice president at Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America who runs operations support at Moses Lake Flight Test Center, is looking to position himself near the right runway so he can take a group of guests to observe today’s take-off of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ). Air traffic control switched the runway due to a change in the wind conditions.
To celebrate the MRJ’s milestone debut at this year’s Paris Air Show, we have produced an exclusive behind-the-scenes recap of our activities at Paris.
To set a new benchmark in regional aviation, Mitsubishi has assembled a global team of top aviation engineers paired with Japanese manufacturing experts.
It takes more than a single pilot to get an aircraft off the ground. Behind every take-off and landing is a team of aviation engineers, flight testing experts and strategists developing the aircraft of tomorrow. With more than 130 years of experience building transportation systems, defense aircraft, advanced rocketry and components for commercial aviation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) understands the challenge of developing an entirely new aircraft, the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, for a demanding market.