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A400M and la Patrouille de France

I’ve no idea why this picture has just appeared on EADS’ Flickr stream as it was taken in August last year, but it is rather nice. It shows an Airbus Military A400M and the Patrouille de France display team in their Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jets soaring over the mountains. EADS

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Grizzly? Check. Northern Lights? Check. Frozen photographer?

You wonder quite how long the photographer from Airbus Military waited in the cold and the darkness for this perfect moment, assuming, of course, it’s not just crudely photoshopped. Anyway, look on and admire. It shows Grizzly 5 (MSN6) undergoing cold weather tests in Iqaluit, Canada. Click here for more on the A400M.   Airbus […]

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Skinny blokes in lycra

Although this took place last week, what with Bradley Wiggins (the chap in yellow at the front of the picture) winning Le Tour and the Olympic road race looming this weekend, it seems worthy of publication. This is the start of last thursday’s stage from Blagnac for which Airbus wheeled out a number of aircraft […]

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Farnborough hangover – the A400M, not me

I may be back in the office but my brain is still somewhere in a field in Hampshire (to borrow a choice phrase from Pulp’s Sorted for Es and Whizz). And just as all the FG team have been left coping with their Farnborough hangovers, so too is Airbus Military after the A400M once again […]

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Unique formation flight of five A400Ms

Credit: Airbus Military This great image signifies the unique occasion where all five A400M test flight are together in Toulouse. This technical formation flight of the five Grizzlies, MSN1, 2, 3, 4 and 6, was crewed by Airbus Flight Test teams and following the exercise all the different aircraft continued on their daily activity. You […]

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High altitude testing with the Airbus A400M

From Airbus Military’s multimedia collection is this stunning image of the A400M undergoing high altitude testing at La Paz.Chosen with a passing topicality, as engine supplier Europrop International recently announced the ramp up of the aircraft’s TP400 engine production. Credit: Airbus Military

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Whale vs Bear – Grizzly swallowed (almost) whole

Just in from Airbus Military is this shot of the first A400M for a customer – in this case the French Air Force – arriving at its final assembly line in Seville. The wings and nose are pictured being unloaded from the Airbus A300-600ST Beluga transport aircraft, although one colleague wondered if the Beluga’s gaping […]

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A400M at Filton – like Top Gun, only different

For some reason when I see this picture of the sunset-lit Airbus Military A400M at Filton it reminds me of the classic movie, Top Gun. Only in the UK. And without fighter jets. Or Tom Cruise. Other than that, it’s uncanny, I’m sure you’ll agree. Credit: user Michael Buckle on Flightglobal Airspace

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A400M starts tanker trials with RAF VC10

Airbus Military’s A400M development aircraft “Grizzly 1″ has begun in-flight refuelling receiver trials behind a Vickers VC10 tanker flown by the UK Royal Air Force.The new test campaign started at Toulouse, France on 15 February, when MSN1 “performed a series of dry contacts with the VC10′s under-wing hose-and-drogue pod system”, says Airbus. However, the released […]

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A400M undergoes Swedish winter trials

Pictured is Airbus Military’s second A400M development aircraft undergoing cold weather trials earlier this month in Kiruna, northern Sweden. The aircraft – Grizzly 2 – experienced temperatures as low as -21ºC … continue reading  

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