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PICTURE: A400M flies in Bastille Day rehearsal; but which one?

We wrote a lot around the time of the Paris air show about how France’s Bastille Day flypast (which will take place over Paris on 14 July) was a target for the nation to have accepted its first A400M tactical transport. I wasn’t so sure at the time whether the apparent urgency of this aspiration […]

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A400M’s civil certification: mind the gaps

Airbus Military has cleared one of the last requirements leading to its delivery of the first A400M transport ahead of June’s Paris air show, with EASA having approved full civil type certification on 13 March. If tech-specs are your thing, then you’ll find this link to the full type certification document more than a bit […]

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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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Rafales, Typhoons go wingtip to wingtip

Having recently been involved in a bitter dogfight to secure India‘s medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) deal, it’s nice to see the Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon flying side by side. A joint exercise involving the French air force’s 1/7 Provence squadron and personnel from the UK Royal Air Force’s 3 Sqn wrapped up at […]

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