The RAF's first A400M, MSN15, taxiing at the airport of Seville, Spain (Image © Airbus Defence and Space)

WITH VIDEO: First RAF Grizzly is getting there

The RAF's first A400M, MSN15, taxiing at the airport of Seville, Spain (Image © Airbus Defence and Space)
The RAF’s first A400M, MSN15, taxiing at the airport of Seville, Spain (Image © Airbus Defence and Space)

The first Airbus A400M tactical airlifter for the Royal Air Force has taken an important step towards delivery in September to its new owner. On 10 August 2014 the European aircraft manufacturer started with the taxying trials. The aircraft was moved under its own power for the first time at the Airbus facility in Seville, Spain.

Named the Grizzly in RAF service, the A400M already flies with the French Air Force as the Atlas. The third Armée de l’Air A400M was recently delivered to BA123 Orlean Bricy Airbase. Meanwhile, under the authority of European Air Transport Command (EATC), a French A400M flew the type’s first mission to the US and Canada, ferrying supplies to and from Washington, DC, and Calgary. The aircraft returned to Europe on Tuesday 12 August.

Source: Airbus, with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editors Marcel Burger & Elmer van Hest