First A400M completes second flight
Airbus Military has completed a successful second flight of the new A400M airlifter in an operation which "exceeded the expectations of the flight-test team".
During this second flight, the A400M was already able to clear the entire normal flight envelope, including the maximum operating speed (VMO) of 300kt (555km/hr) and maximum Mach number (MMO) of M0.72. During this flight, which extended to northern Spain, the aircraft operated at an altitude of 30,000ft which allowed the testing the aircraft’s systems in cruise conditions.
The three-hour and ten minute flight of the first aircraft, known as MSN1, from Seville, Spain was conducted yesterday by experimental test pilot Nacho Lombo supported by chief test pilot military Ed Strongman, along with a team of four flight test engineers, Didier Ronceray, Eric Isorce, Jean-Philippe Cottet and Gérard Leskerpit. The second flight had been delayed by a couple of days because of poor weather in Seville. The next flight is planned after the Christmas break.