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Airbus 400M, completes maiden flight

Posted by air_lifter Monday, December 14, 2009

Airbus has recently launched its first military airliner, which it claims to be the world's most advanced airlifter. It is launched at a time when Lockheed United States is working on JSF F-35. It completed its maiden flight on 11th of December. It took off at 10:15GMT from Seville, Spain and landed on London, England at 14:05 GMT. During the 3-hour, 47-minute-long first flight, the six-member crew validated a significant portion of the A400M's flight envelope, and the aircraft was joined in formation by a Spanish Air Force.

It is powered by four 11,000-shp turboprop engines and has a MTOW of 141,000 kg. It can cruise at 780 km/h (480 mph; 420 kn) (Mach 0.68 - 0.72) and has flying range of about 3300 kilometers.

It has been built in colabration of eight different European nations. The partner nations, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Belgium, and Luxembourg, signed an agreement in May 2003 to buy 212 aircraft. Besides that, Malaysia and South Africa are also associated with this production.

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