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German Air Force Transall C-160D

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Now very much a veteran of the Luftwaffe, the twin-turboprop Transall C-160D (its name a contraction of the name of the Franco-German consortium that produced it, Transport Allianz) soldiers on as a vital asset, even 54 years after the first prototype's maiden flight. Lufttransportgeschwader 63, the Luftwaffe unit sending a Transall to RIAT 2018, is one of two wings still flying the type in Germany - it specialises in medical evacuation missions alongside more standard troop and cargo transport. The type is now being succeeded by the Airbus A400M, but has remained busy on taskings in support of German forces around the world, not least in Afghanistan.

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