Europrop TP400 engine for Airbus A400M makes first run

It’s quite a beast – the “largest engine/prop combination ever to bedesigned and produced in the Western world” in fact. And here’s thefirst released pix of yesterday’s ground run on a C-130 at MarshallAerospace in Cambridge, UK. The engine, produced by the pan-EuropeanEuroprop International consortium of Rolls-Royce, ITP, MTU and Snecmais the critical factor in the timing of the first flight of thefour-engine A400M this summer. The eight-bladed prop is courtesy of Ratier-Figeac and Hamilton Sundstrand.

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16 Responses to Europrop TP400 engine for Airbus A400M makes first run

  1. John S. June 11, 2008 at 5:34 pm #

    Note the two extra bracing struts. Amazing!

  2. Unknown June 12, 2008 at 9:26 am #

    It looks awesome,

    Shame Marshall Aerospace couldn’t tell the huge number of employees that made the project possible that the engine run was going to happen as alot of people would have liked to see it…

    Oh well, back to excel bashing I go

  3. The Molems June 12, 2008 at 9:34 am #

    That is proper! Wonder what they use to balance the other wing. Prop looks a bit close to the fuselage though like… wass gaain on!

  4. Hugh Haddow June 12, 2008 at 10:05 am #

    OOPS – fitted a prop where a fan should have been.

  5. The Molems June 12, 2008 at 10:07 am #

    PatladiiiiI!….some next creature likE!

  6. John Demetriou June 12, 2008 at 10:16 am #

    That’s the best air conditioning unit I have ever seen. Bish, bash bosh – the jobs a good’n!

  7. KWS June 12, 2008 at 10:19 am #

    When ducted fans first became flavour of the month I predicted that weight saving would be possible by (a) eliminating the cowl, (b) increasing blade length and (c) reducing the number of blades. 40 years on they’ve done it!

    Blade size is limited by fuselage and ground clearances.

  8. The Molems June 12, 2008 at 10:23 am #

    YEEAAAH BOI! I bet that prop made a sick sound when it was ground tested bruvs. What izz gaain on!

  9. Molem June 12, 2008 at 10:33 am #

    That engine is a monster?! Some next creature like!

  10. Lito June 12, 2008 at 9:13 pm #

    Wow, awesome engine. I worked with the allison’s and I am amazed by the comparision side by side in size. Thanks.

  11. George St-P June 13, 2008 at 9:00 am #

    Wow… seems like even the Incredibile Back (aka The Molems) won’t be able to face that extraordinary engine!!

  12. john June 13, 2008 at 3:08 pm #

    Has there been a run on hard hats in Cambridge yet?

  13. Andrew June 17, 2008 at 3:26 am #

    Maybe they should have hunted up a Belfast.
    Looks a bit cruel on the Herc.

  14. Kieran Daly June 17, 2008 at 10:40 am #

    More a case of a Belslow I think you’ll find.

  15. Kieran Daly April 7, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    Indeed, and specially constructed for the purpose.

  16. mutuelle santé April 7, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    I always have this fear that suddenly the engine will break loose from it’s hinges and flies off into a crowd of highly valueable engineers and technicians in front of it. Imagine if that happens, scary thought huh? (And yes I’m aware that normally nobody would be in front of an engine – but still

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