Show of Force for A400M
Published: 16 Jun 2016
Airbus Defence and Space returns to the flying programme for the Air Tattoo 2016 with the A400M tactical airlifter. Test pilots from the company will demonstrate the dramatic performance and manoeuvrability of the aircraft with a gravity-defying display.
A total of three airframes will feature in the show. On the ground, Air Tattoo spectators will have the chance to experience walking inside the A400M's cargo hold in the RAF Village, located in the Red Zone of the showground. A second example provided by the German Air Force will also be in the static aircraft line up.
The A400M combines the attributes of a tactical airlifter, in being able to operate from short, unprepared strips, with the long-range strategic capabilities of heavy jet transports. The RAF will gradually expand the type's tactical capabilities as it gets ready to retire the C-130J Hercules from service in 2022. No 24 Squadron is the RAF's Fixed-Wing Air Mobility Operational Conversion Unit, while No 70 Squadron is the service's first operational Atlas unit.
Photo credit: Rich Cooper