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A400M Atlas completes first beach landing trials with military crew

Posted 8 January 2019 · Add Comment

Members of 206 Squadron, supported by LXX Squadron Engineers based at RAF Brize Norton, have been practicing their skills during beach landing trials of the Royal Air Force (RAF) A400M Atlas in South Wales.


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Beaches are routinely used by the RAF for training operations with other tactical airlifters.  The A400M Atlas showcased its superb tactical capabilities on natural surfaces by performing take-off, landing and taxiing manoeuvres.

Flight Lieutenant Cheng, 206 Squadron Pilot said: “The advanced flight deck of the A400M and cutting-edge fly by wire controls made this task easier to fly than other platforms. We are now looking forward to the challenge of conducting this operation using night vision goggles later in the trial.”


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The versatility of the A400M Atlas means it has the capability to land on a wide variety of surfaces including natural surfaces carrying a very large payload. This tactical capability was demonstrated during the trials on Pembrey Sands beach.

Wing Commander Neil Philp, Officer Commanding 206 Squadron, said: “My specialist team has worked hard to deliver this trial and it has showcased the tremendous tactical potential of the A400M. Once this capability is handed over to the front line it has the potential to have a great impact on operations.”

 

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