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The RAF is now well into its stride with the Airbus Atlas C.1, its designation for the A400M, now flying with 24, 30 and 70 Squadrons at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. The first of 22 such aircraft arrived in November 2014. The four-turboprop 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 2023.
Photo Credit: Peter March