Rub elbows with Mach 1.

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Alenia Aermacchi's second prototype of its M-346 advanced trainer recently had a few brushes with the sound barrier, thanks to its new flight control software package. During flight tests in December 2006 the aircraft attained a speed of 0.96 Mach, a considerable increase to its earlier limit of 0.85 Mach.

Alenia also reports that an optimisation of the leading edge deflection has improved the aircraft's high angle-of-attack performance...

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