VIDEO: Airbus A400M, airborne

Source: Signatory Videos (h/t: Bolsoy – thanks!)


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15 Responses to VIDEO: Airbus A400M, airborne

  1. Bjørnar Bolsøy 11 December, 2009 at 10:38 am #

    Congratulations to the Airbus team. Looking forward to seeing the Grizly at airshows in the future.

    B. Bolsøy

  2. Matt 11 December, 2009 at 11:41 am #

    They call it the Grizzly? That’ll be confusing since the USAF started calling the EA-18G Grizzlies.

  3. Robert 11 December, 2009 at 4:37 pm #

    Congratulations to EADS and partner nations!

    On a separate note, that answers the question of whether A400M or Boeing 787 would take into the air first.

  4. Uwe 11 December, 2009 at 5:10 pm #


    It’s the “MilitairBus”

  5. aeroxavier 11 December, 2009 at 5:18 pm #

    nice plane

  6. Dave 11 December, 2009 at 5:24 pm #

    It’s not pretty plane… that’s for sure. Maybe if it’s cancelled (pretty unlikely- in my estimation) they’ll chip in to buy some C-17s.

  7. Mike Plunkett 11 December, 2009 at 5:24 pm #

    Great, it flies, congratulations Airbus you’ve proved you can actually build a military aircraft. Now let’s hope the UK government at least will see sense, cancel the damned thing and use the money to buy more C-17s and -130Js.

  8. Uwe 11 December, 2009 at 10:43 pm #

    buy C17 ?

    Why? The Brits are a lot more interested in _selling_ defense
    stuff to the US than vice versa.

  9. 7K7 11 December, 2009 at 11:16 pm #

    It looks like a turboprop little brother of C-17 :-D

  10. 7K7 11 December, 2009 at 11:18 pm #


  11. SMSgt Mac 12 December, 2009 at 3:58 am #

    Form follows function. From a transport POV I think it is quite a pretty bird.

  12. aeroxavier 12 December, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

    that was not f-35 . and c-17 was over and not tactital aircraft, he need one long trail for landing. the a400m cas land in one desert but not c-17.see in irak and afgh american have prolonged the airport just for it but this is after the fight.
    it is sure a400m have prob of conception and first plane was delivered in 2013 and not 2010 and his cost go up but this plane it is sure was not cancelled

  13. CC 14 December, 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    The EU could have had the C-17, but it opted to build its own version, which looks remarkably similar to the C17.

    So, out of nationalistic pride, it foisted this tax monster on the citizenry, rather than “buy U.S.”, yet at the same time is is harping on the U.S. Govt to buy the KC-135 mostly from the French.

    Trade needs to be a two-way street, especially amongst civilized nations.

  14. jupp 14 December, 2009 at 4:09 pm #

    The A400M is not a Euro version of the C-17, it’s role is different. It is more of an upscaled C-130, which was needed because of the increasing amount of military kit (weight/dimensions)wise that the Herk can’t lift. the German Puma IFV for instance can’t be carried by a c-130, while the A400M can…..ect

  15. mr.denali 17 December, 2009 at 10:59 am #

    Congrats to Airbus for the first flight of that mighty good looking A400M.

    Absolutely astonishing to see such dumb comments on a website that is dedicated to aircraft and airlines. You could at least assume that people commenting here have some knowledge in the things they are talking about. But apparently not you CC. Maybe go to google or wikipedia for the specs of C-17 and A400M. Then it should dawn on you, that the C-17 is a strategic while the A400M is a tactical transport aircraft. For good sake: the C-17 is more than 50% heavier and can transport 78t instead of 32t as the A400M.

    Keep you arrogant nationalistic BS to yourself and get to the facts. You can criticize all day long (the list is long for the A400M program), but at least get your facts straight and the KC-45 is not French.


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