Second Airbus Military A400M completes maiden flight
The second Airbus Military A400M has made its maiden flight yesterday. MSN2 took off from Seville at 15.15 and landed back four hours and 50 minutes later.
Experimental Test Pilot Michel Gagneux captained the flight, supported by Experimental Test Pilot Karl-Heinz Mai. The crew also included Flight Test Engineers Jean-Jacques Bernard and Emiliano Requeña; and Test Flight Engineer Gérard Maisonneuve. The crew confirmed that the aircraft and its four Europrop International TP400D turboprop engines performed in line with expectations.
MSN2 joins its sister-ship MSN1 which has already completed 66h30 flight hours in 15 flights, and is now based at Toulouse.
Airbus head of flight operations Fernando Alonso said: “Having MSN2 join the flying programme is excellent news and will help us accelerate the rate of progress in building flight-hours.”
MSN2 is the second of an eventual five aircraft which will conduct the 3,700 hour flight-test programme leading to first delivery. Like MSN1, it carries heavy flight-test instrumentation. It will be primarily dedicated to aircraft and powerplant performance testing while MSN1 continues to be used for clearance of the aircraft and powerplant flight envelope, loads, flutter, and handling qualities development.
The third A400M aircraft is expected to fly by the beginning of the summer and the fourth around the end of the year.