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A400M passes more tests

Airbus Military's new transporter programme is moving on apace.


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August 6: Airbus Military’s A400M airlifter has passed the ultimate wing load-up and bend static test required for certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). On a static test airframe the wing was subjected to a load equal to 150% of the maximum bending load (limit load) predicted to be encountered in service, the wingtips moving upwards 1.41m (4.6ft) during the test at the company’s facility at Getafe near Madrid on July 22.

Also the third prototype, MSN 3, has performed preliminary taxi tests in preparation for rough field trials. The aircraft briefly visited Francazal air base near Toulouse in France to carry out high-speed runs on a layer of chalk balls used to simulate a rough surface. The first rough-field landing will be completed before the end of the year.

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