Brand New Heavy

The A400M Atlas C1 has quietly entered service with the Royal Air Force and has gained significant praise from its users, plus it’s notched up its first operational deployment. Jamie Hunter visits RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire to see the Atlas at first hand and talks exclusively with Officer Commanding No LXX Squadron.

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If there’s one thing that stands out when it comes to the Royal Air Force’s A400M Atlas C1 programme, it’s the team effort at RAF Brize Norton that has come together to help realise the UK’s newest air transport capability. Officer Commanding No LXX (70) Squadron, Wing Commander Ed Horne, calls the A400M “the next generation of transport aircraft”, while taking care to explain the complex, but cleverly constructed combination of agencies that have been assembled to help bring the Atlas into British service.

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