First flight

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The first flight ( english first flight ) or maiden flight (Engl. Maiden flight ) is the first flight of a human or an aircraft . During a unit first flight will, among other things between the new flight route and Inaugural Flight (Engl. For inaugural flight distinction).


After design and construction, the first flight has to prove whether the missile will also prove itself in real flight. The first flight is usually preceded by the so-called rollout , the first presentation of the new device, and then extensive system tests and taxi tests on the ground. The first flight is usually carried out by test pilots .

The date of the first flight is often listed in the specifications of an aircraft type .

Inaugural Flight

Inaugural flight from Pobeda from Cologne / Bonn Airport to Moscow-Wnukowo

Under a Inaugural Flight (engl. For opening flight ) is defined as the first use of a new aircraft type on a route, the first line of flight or to a new airport two and the first-time connection destinations (new flight route).


The maiden voyage , on the other hand, describes the first voyage of a ship or boat, which is usually preceded by a launch .

See also

Web links

Wiktionary: first flight  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations
Commons : First Flights  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Commons : Inaugural flights  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Emirates adds Vietnam to its route network with Inaugural Flight
  2. Inaugural Flight of the Boeing 747-8 with Lufthansa
  3. ^ Inaugural Flight from Brussels Airlines on the Brussels-JFK route
  4. Opening flight: Singapore Airlines is auctioning A380 flight tickets