The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter for the German air force has now been painted in its new colours at the Airbus Defence and Space facility in Seville, Spain. The dark, matte tone reduces the visibility of aircraft at altitude, as well as being radar-absorbent to make it harder to detect by radar. The Airbus paint shop Seville used around 500kg of paint – enough to paint about 100 family cars.
On 28 September this aircraft made its first engine test runs at the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Sevilla, Spain. It’s scheduled the first A400M will be delivered to the German Air Force by the end of this year.
Source: Airbus Defence & Space, with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Dennis Spronk