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Airbus A400M in fatigue test rig in Dresden

Airbus has released these two images as its A400M begins fatigue testing in Dresden, Germany. Airbus says the test airframe, MSN5001, will be “subjected to a punishingregime of loads, 24 hours per day, for an initial four weeks, eventually simulating 160 flights perday.”“The first 1,665 simulated flights are required for European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)type […]

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Fourth A400M flies

Airbus concluded the 2010 A400M test year with four aircraft in testing (the latest first flew on 21 December, below, photos by Airbus) accumulating over 1,000 hours of testing.

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First paratroops jump from Europe’s A400M

Airbus Military has completed the first paratroop drop tests involving its A400M “Grizzly”. “Six freefall paratroopers made jumps from aircraft “Grizzly Three” in separate passes from 6,000ft [1,820m] at the Fonsorbes drop zone near Toulouse on 4 November,” Airbus says. The personnel were drawn from the UK and French armed forces, and from the latter’s […]

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2 A400Ms Make Low Pass Over Toulouse

Yannick Delamarre captured this photo of two A400Ms making a low pass around Toulouse.At last week’s ILA show in Berlin, Lockheed Martin said it thought that its C-130J could serve alongside the A400M in military fleets.

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At ILA, C-160 Meets A400M

At the ILA show in Berlin (which we are covering here), the C-160 Transall, which has served with Germany’s Luftwaffe for 40 years, met the A400M, the aircraft that will replace the C-160, for the very first time. The ILA show also marks the A400M’s air show debut.The Luftwaffe has 83 Transalls in service which […]

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Flight International 1-6 June: ILA Show Preview

This week Flightglobal publication Flight International has a series of articles previewing the ILA Berlin 2010 show, which runs from 8-13 June at the Berlin Messe. We have a dedicated ILA page with all the latest news, photos, vidoes, and even Tweets here. Here’s our introduction of the show: ILA may struggle for the spotlight […]

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Flight International 19-25 Jan: 40 Years of 747 Service

This week Flight International, as the 747 approaches its 40 birthday, reviews the highlights of the jumbo jet’s career and looks forward as the latest version of the widebody gets into stride. Review of the 747′s 40 years of service Whichever way you look at it, the Boeing 747′s legacy is remarkable. Probably the most […]

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Flight International 5-11 January: Can Boeing Deliver on Dreamliner?

This week Flight International asks now that flight-testing is underway on the 787, can Boeing’s supply chain cope with inevitable changes? Long before production breakdowns and design glitches consumed Boeing‘s 787 programme, a sudden and chronic shortage of fasteners seemed the next-generation airliner’s biggest schedule concern. Widespread shortages of specially designed bolts, rivets and nut-plates needed […]

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Flight International 15-21 December: A400M First Flight Just the Beginning

This week Flight International features a review of what’s next for the Airbus A400M. It may have flown, but there’s still a lot left to do to get the embattled programme back on track. The scheduled first flight of the A400M transporton 11 December is the starting point for three years of intenseflight-test activity. To be […]

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A400M First Flight

Airbus Military’s first A400M transport took off from San Pablo airport near Seville, Spain at 10:15 local time on its historic first flight. Aircraft MSN001 landed at 14:00 local time, after a sortie lasting 3h 45min. Airbus says the first A400M reached its top speed of 300kt (555km/h) as planned during the flight, and that the […]

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