And the 2nd RAF Atlas is airborne

The flight test team, including the flightcrew in front of the 2nd RAF Atlas (Image © Dennis Spronk)
The flight test team, including the flightcrew in front of the 2nd RAF Atlas (Image © Airbus Defence & Space)

The second Airbus A400M new generation airlifter for the United Kingdom, also known as MSN16 has made its maiden flight from the Final Assembly Line in Seville, Spain on 23 October. The photo shows the Airbus Defence and Space flight test team, including the flightcrew, celebrating immediately after flight. It won’t take long before the aircraft will be painted in Royal Air Force (RAF) colours as it begins the customer acceptance process. The UK has ordered 22 Atlas aircraft. In RAF service the A400M is known as the Atlas and will be based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. It was on 30 August when the very first RAF Atlas took the skies

Source: Airbus Defence & Space, with some additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Dennis Spronk

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