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First production A400M completes maiden flight

7th March 2013 - 11:55 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Airbus Military has announced the successful maiden flight of the first production Airbus Military A400M new generation airlifter. The flight marks an important milestone in the programme, which will see the first aircraft delivered to the French Air Force in the second quarter of this year.

The flight saw the aircraft, known as MSN7, take off from Seville, Spain, at 11:48 local time and land back in Seville 5 hours and 42 minutes later.

Experimental Test Pilot Hugues Van Der Stichel, who captained the flight, said after landing: ‘The performance of the aircraft was as expected and we had a very smooth flight, confirming the great handling capabilities of the aircraft. The result of this first flight gives us full confidence for the on-time delivery to the French Air Force.’

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