The Cirrus Factory in 2001

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In February 2001 I visited the Cirrus Design (today: Cirrus Aircraft) factory in Duluth, MN., for the third time. In 1996 i had been the first European journalist to fly the SR20 prototype, and on this third visit the new SR22 was already in production. One of the aircraft on the production line was SR22 “N701CD”, and I think it’s funny that it was this SR22 of the first generation I would fly in the Netherlands some months later.

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The Cirrus production line in February 2001

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Engine, engine mount and nose landing gear section ready for installation

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Preparing doors for installation

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One of the first SR22s

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Left aileron still missing, picture showing aileron trim system

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SR20 engine before installation

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Wing with pitot tube installation

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CAPS straps are already laminated over

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Fuselage before wing and landing gear installation

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Inside the fuselage

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Avionics console and panel structure almost ready for installation

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Firewall

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Wing before installation

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Fuel tanks and fuel lines

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The spar is beeing built. All G2s and G2s had fibre glass spars. Later G3s had a Carbon fibre spar that saves a lot of weight for additional payload

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Fibre glass work

(More pictures will be edited once I have time to edit them!)

 

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1995-2002 Redakteur und Chefreporter bei fliegermagazin, 2004-2008 Chefredakteur des Airbus-Magazins "Planet Aerospace". Seit 2002 Buchautor und freiberuflicher Luftfahrtjournalist. Privatpilot mit IR Rating.

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