Making a splash: A400M lands in Chile

Airbus Military’s second A400M “Grizzly” development aircraft made a splash in Santiago on 23 March, when it touched down to make the design’s first appearance at Chile’s FIDAE show.

Just in case the twin water cannon salute (Airbus Military images, below) didn’t provide enough of an entrance for aircraft MSN2, its arrival from performing high altitude testing in neighbouring Bolivia also marked the 1,000th flight of the European type.

 

Splash 560.jpgThe aircraft on static display at FIDAE from 26-28 March has just completed initial test flights out of Cochabamba airfield, which lies at an altitude of 8,360ft (2,550m). Following its debut appearance at a Latin American show Airbus Military says it will fly on to visit Lima in Peru, before returning to Bolivia for more high-altitude work; this time operating from above 13,000ft in La Paz.

Airbus Military experimental test pilot Ignacio “Nacho” Lombo performed the first landing of an A400M in Santiago.

 

Lands 560.jpgNotably, Lombo also flew an A380 airliner into the FIDAE show for the first time in 2008. Both types will be on display during this year’s event.

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