If you happened to be at or near Wichita Eisenhower National Airport around 8 a.m. Thursday, you might have seen a passenger jet making extreme banking maneuvers and thought it was in distress.
It was no emergency.
And while it was a passenger jet, it wasn't carrying any travelers and isn't owned by an airline.
The jet was a Bombardier C Series CS300 assigned to the Bombardier Flight Test Center in Wichita. But a company official said it wasn't doing any test flying.
"We were performing demo flights with a C Series," Nathalie Siphengphet, a spokeswoman for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, said in an e-mail to The Eagle on Friday.
A demo flight is a demonstration flight that aircraft manufacturers perform for potential customers of its airplanes. They also sometimes perform such flights at trade shows, such as the upcoming Farnborough International Airshow, July 16-22 in Farnborough, England.
A Wichita Eagle employee who witnessed Thursday's flight described the plane as making "fighter jet-like" maneuvers.
The CS300 is Bombardier's newest and largest passenger jet. and the largest version of its C Series passenger jet family. On July 1, European planemaker Airbus will assume a controlling stake in the C Series program from Bombardier with plans to establish a second production line at Airbus' A320 assembly site in Mobile, Ala.
The CS300 is among among dozens of passenger, regional and business jets that Montreal-based Bombardier flight-tests at its site on the west side of Eisenhower.