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Europe’s Transall turns 50

Thanks to my Air & Cosmos buddy Guillaume Steuer for reminding me that today is the 50th anniversary of the Transall’s first flight. The phrase “venerable” probably doesn’t do justice to the European-designed transport, which remains in use with the air forces of France, Germany and Turkey, and which is most prominently currently supporting France’s […]

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Ton in the sun: milestone C295 in Seville

This future C295 was being moved from the “light and medium” final assembly line at Airbus Military’s San Pablo site over the runway while I was in Seville late last week, and the “100″ sticker beneath the cockpit caught my eye. Hopefully I’m not missing something by thinking that this must be the 100th C295 […]

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A400M update coming your way

Heads-up, DEW Liners, because I’ll be journeying to Seville later this week for a day of briefings on the A400M programme. This will be my first time at Airbus Military’s San Pablo site in about nine months, so I’m looking forward to seeing how much the Atlas final assembly line has busied up. Below is […]

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‘Salut’ to France’s first A400M

Airbus Military has today released a fresh-from-the-paint-hangar image showing the first production A400M Atlas in the colours of launch operator the French air force. With some of the Armee de l’Air’s aged C160 Transall and C-130H Hercules tactical transports currently supporting its Operation Serval activity in Mali, MSN7′s move towards first flight and a mid-year delivery […]

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Grrreat Grizzlies!

Now here’s something that you don’t see every day: pictures showing all five of Airbus Military’s A400M development aircraft “turning and burning” together. The company just released a couple of images showing its entire “Grizzly” fleet getting ready to take off from Toulouse, France, and I’m guessing that air-to-air shots might also be following before too long […]

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A400M has rough time during landing trials

While attending Airbus Military’s Trade Media Briefing in Toulouse last week, I watched A400M development aircraft “Grizzly 2″ setting off on its way to performing the type’s first unpaved runway landing trials at Cottbus-Drewitz airport in Germany. The company today issued a brief press release and one picture from the trials activity, and stated that the […]

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Grizzly 2 heads for unpaved runway trials

Airbus Military’s A400M development aircraft “Grizzly 2″ just took off from Toulouse, France on its way to performing the type’s first unpaved runway trials. The aircraft is now en route for Cottbus, Germany, where it is expected to stay through the rest of this week. First on the agenda will be making landings on a grass […]

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O-man; more engine hassle for the A400M

During a phone interview about the A400M’s recent receipt of restricted type certification from EASA we got onto the subject of continuing problems with the aircraft’s all-important TP400-D6 turboprop engine. Bad vibrations from one engine have delayed production-standard MSN6 from starting on flying the 300h of functioning and reliability testing needed to get to full […]

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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 […]

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Aiming high: A400M to make Chile debut

Airbus Military has confirmed that one of its A400M “Grizzly” test aircraft will be heading to Chile to participate in the FIDAE air show from late this month. Taking the A400M to Latin America at this time has less to do with immediate sales prospects than finding a suitable location to conduct high-altitude operational trials. […]

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