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Airbus A400M demonstrates sand runway capability

Published: August 2016
 

Woodbridge, UK. Airbus Defence and Space has successfully demonstrated the capability of the A400M new generation airlifter to operate on a sand runway – the last of three unprepared types of surface on which it would be certified.

The tests using the development aircraft MSN2 took place over a three week period in August on a specially constructed airstrip at Woodbridge, UK. A final week of tests would include operations at increasingly higher weights.

The A400M demonstrated excellent performance in taxying manoeuvres, such as U-turns, and during take-off and landing on the 1,600 m (5,250 ft) strip. These tests followed earlier successful results on the gravel surface at Ablitas in Spain and a grass runway at Écury in France.

The photo shows MSN2 taking off from Woodbridge.

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