The Airbus A400M and the Breitling Jet Team joined forces yesterday for a formation flight in the south-west of France not far from the airframer's Toulouse headquarters. The result is these stunning images of prototype aircraft Grizzly 6 (F-WWMZ) alongside the aerobatic team.
Jacques Bothelin, leader of the Breitling Jet Team, says: "This is a first for us and possibly the first civilian team that has been invited to join such a flypast in Europe, and that is a great privilege."
Although you might think the turboprop-powered A400M would be no match for the jet-engined Let L-39C Albatros, the four Europrop International TP400-D6s help deliver the Grizzly's top speed of 478kt (885km/h) against 405kt for the Czech-built aircraft.
"This was a fantastic opportunity to test again the A400M in a close formation environment," says Airbus pilot Capt Bernardo Saez-Benito.