The first production Honda Jet has successfully completed its first flight.

The first production Honda Jet has successfully completed its first flight.

The aircraft took off at the Piedmont Triad International Airport on Friday and climbed to 15,500 feet and reached speeds of up to 348 knots (400 mph). During the test, the flight crew checked out the plane's avionics, handling characteristics and speed brake - among other things.

While the plane isn't certified, Honda is already building several of them to ensure they are ready for immediately delivery after the Federal Aviation Administration signs off on everything.

As a refresher, the Honda Jet is being billed as the "fastest, highest-flying, quietest and most fuel-efficient jet in its class." It has also a distinctive "Over-The-Wing Engine Mount" that promises to dramatically improve performance and fuel efficiency by reducing drag. Speaking of the engines, the two GE Honda HF120 turbofans enable the jet to have a maximum cruise speed of 420 knots (483 mph) and a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet. The plane can also seat up to five passengers and travel 1,180 nautical miles (1,357 miles) on a single fill up.

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