Germany takes its A400M abroad

Almost four months after its delivery, the German Bundeswehr took its first Airbus A400M across the border recently – in fact, across many borders. The airlifter flew all the way to Senegal in Africa to deliver water pumping equipment.

The flight originated at Wunstorf airbase near Hannover and then went directly to Senegal. The older C-160 Transall would have needed to refuel underway. The flight also marked the first time the Germans operated the A400M at its maximum take off weight of 141,000 kg (310,850 lbs).

The A400M has had a rough start in Germany, with many criticizing the type over a diversity of issues.

© 2015 editor Elmer van Hest