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Airbus Military A400M

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An aircraft representing the future shape of military transport will fly alongside some of its legendary predecessors in a special flypast at this summer's Air Tattoo.

Scheduled to be based at RAF Brize Norton, the A400M will fly with the C-130 Hercules, TriStar, C-17, VC-10 and A330 in a dramatic display of the RAF's tactical airlift capability.

The Airbus A400M, which is designed to transport troops and equipment, will replace the C-130 Hercules once it enters service.

The aircraft, which first appeared at the Air Tattoo in 2010, is built by Airbus Military in Seville, Spain, and is powered by four Europrop TP400-D6 engines, one of the most powerful turboprop engines ever built allowing the aircraft to perform very short take-offs and achieve impressive rates of climb.

The A400M will also be participating in the flying display as well as taking part in the RAF flypast.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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