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Airbus A400M Atlas

28 December 2016

 

Seen here in the foreground at RAF Brize Norton, is the Airbus A400M. The Airbus A400M will be RAF’s future transport aircraft. In the background are a C-17, and the C130-J in the middle. The A400M will replace part of the RAF C-130 fleet early in the next decade with 25 on order for the UK. The A400M will be the RAF’s new state-of-the-art transport aircraft for the 21st century. Capable of carrying a mixture of troops, equipment, vehicles, and helicopters to the heart of operations, these aircraft will be the backbone of support to troops. Their ability to take-off and land on short makeshift strips will enable deployment of forces quickly and effectively around the world on a variety of operations. Photographer: Andrew Linnett From: www.defenceimages.mod.uk

Seen here in the foreground, at RAF Brize Norton, is an Airbus A400M Atlas (the RAF’s transport aircraft of the future) with a C-17 Globemaster III (L) and C-130 Hercules in comparison—Crown copyright/Andrew Linnett photo

The Airbus A400M, the RAF’s future transport aircraft, which was on display at the Farnborough Air Show. The A400M will replace part of the RAF C-130 fleet early in the next decade with 25 on order for the UK. The A400M will be the RAF’s new state-of-the-art transport aircraft for the 21st century. Capable of carrying a mixture of troops, equipment, vehicles, and helicopters to the heart of our operations these aircraft will be the backbone of support to troops. Their ability to take-off and land on short makeshift strips will enable deployment of forces quickly and effectively around the world on a variety of operations. Photographer: Harland Quarrington From: www.defenceimages.mod.uk

The Airbus A400M Atlas on approach at the Farnborough Air Show—Crown copyright/Harland Quarrington photo

A Royal Air Force A400M Atlas aircraft takes off from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. The aircraft was visiting Akrotiri as part of ongoing trials. Number LXX Squadron is the first operational Airbus A400M Atlas Squadron. The Squadron stood-up in an administrative and engineering support capacity on 1 October 2014, allowing sufficient time for it to be configured and manned appropriately prior to formally accepting air transport tasking from Summer 2015. The aircraft will be operated initially by No. XXIV Squadron, the Fixed Wing Air Mobility Operational Conversion Unit, which is responsible for conducting training for Atlas aircrew and engineering personnel. Additionally No. 206(R) Squadron will test and evaluate Atlas as part of the aircraft’s capability development process. ------------------------------------------------------- © Crown Copyright 2014 Photographer: Cpl Rich Denton RAF Image 45158461.jpg from www.defenceimages.mod.uk This image is available for high resolution download at www.defenceimagery.mod.uk subject to the terms and conditions of the Open Government License at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/. Search for image number 45158461.jpg For latest news visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-defence Follow us: www.facebook.com/defenceimages www.twitter.com/defenceimages

A Royal Air Force A400M Atlas aircraft taking off from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus—Crown copyright/Cpl Rich Denton RAF photo

A Royal Air Force A400M Atlas aircraft at RAF Brize Norton on 18th Nov 2014. The first of the UK’s A400M Atlas next-generation military transport aircraft was officially unveiled by the MOD at its new home at RAF Brize Norton in November 2014. The aircraft will replace the existing fleet of C-130 Hercules which have been the tried and trusted workhorse of the RAF’s Air Transport Fleet for decades. Manufactured by Airbus Defence & Space, A400M Atlas will represent major advances on its predecessor, capable of flying almost twice as fast, twice as far and carrying almost twice as much cargo. With a cargo capacity of 32 tonnes and a hold optimised for carriage of heavy vehicles, helicopters or cargo pallets, the aircraft is capable of supporting a wide range of operational scenarios. ------------------------------------------------------- © Crown Copyright 2014 Photographer: Paul Crouch Image 45158359.jpg from www.defenceimages.mod.uk This image is available for high resolution download at www.defenceimagery.mod.uk subject to the terms and conditions of the Open Government License at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/. Search for image number 45158359.jpg For latest news visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-defence Follow us: www.facebook.com/defenceimages www.twitter.com/defenceimages

The Royal Air Force A400M Atlas aircraft is set to replace the C-130 Hercules having a 32 tonne ago capacity—Crown copyright/Paul Crouch photo

A Royal Air Force A400M Atlas aircraft at RAF Brize Norton on 18th Nov 2014. The first of the UK’s A400M Atlas next-generation military transport aircraft was officially unveiled by the MOD at its new home at RAF Brize Norton in November 2014. The aircraft will replace the existing fleet of C-130 Hercules which have been the tried and trusted workhorse of the RAF’s Air Transport Fleet for decades. Manufactured by Airbus Defence & Space, A400M Atlas will represent major advances on its predecessor, capable of flying almost twice as fast, twice as far and carrying almost twice as much cargo. With a cargo capacity of 32 tonnes and a hold optimised for carriage of heavy vehicles, helicopters or cargo pallets, the aircraft is capable of supporting a wide range of operational scenarios. ------------------------------------------------------- © Crown Copyright 2014 Photographer: Paul Crouch Image 45158357.jpg from www.defenceimages.mod.uk This image is available for high resolution download at www.defenceimagery.mod.uk subject to the terms and conditions of the Open Government License at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/. Search for image number 45158357.jpg For latest news visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-defence Follow us: www.facebook.com/defenceimages www.twitter.com/defenceimages

A Royal Air Force A400M Atlas aircraft on final to RAF Brize Norton—Crown copyright/Paul Crouch photo

The Airbus A400M, the RAF’s future transport aircraft, which was on display at the Farnborough Air Show. The A400M will replace part of the RAF C-130 fleet early in the next decade with 25 on order for the UK. The A400M will be the RAF’s new state-of-the-art transport aircraft for the 21st century. Capable of carrying a mixture of troops, equipment, vehicles, and helicopters to the heart of our operations these aircraft will be the backbone of support to troops. Their ability to take-off and land on short makeshift strips will enable deployment of forces quickly and effectively around the world on a variety of operations. Photographer: Harland Quarrington From: www.defenceimages.mod.uk

The characteristic stately T-tail and scimitar propeller blades of the Airbus A400M Atlas—Crown copyright/Harold Quarrington photo

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Emphasizing the scimitar propeller blades—image provide by Rolls Royce

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The Atlas is has the look of immense capability—image provide by Rolls Royce

A Royal Air Force Atlas A400M transport aircraft flying over Bristol. The Atlas Airbus A400M is a multi-national four engined turboprop military transport aircraft. Designed by Airbus as a replacement for older transporters such as the Hercules C-130 it can perform additional roles including electronic surveillance and aerial refuelling. This particular A400 is called "The City of Bristol" and is operated by 206(R) Squadron based at RAF Brize Norton photographed over the city and surrounding areas of Bristol, Gloucestershire. Its called the "The City of Bristol" due to the ties with the city, the wings are made in Filton, Bristol. ------------------------------------------------------- © Crown Copyright 2014 Photographer: Cpl Paul Oldfield Image 45158516.jpg from www.defenceimages.mod.uk This image is available for high resolution download at www.defenceimagery.mod.uk subject to the terms and conditions of the Open Government License at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/. Search for image number 45158516.jpg For latest news visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-defence Follow us: www.facebook.com/defenceimages www.twitter.com/defenceimages

“The City of Bristol”, an Airbus A400M Atlas of the Royal Air Force, flying over Bristol—Crown copyright/Cpl Paul Oldfield photo

A Royal Air Force Atlas A400M transport aircraft flying over Bristol. The Atlas Airbus A400M is a multi-national four engined turboprop military transport aircraft. Designed by Airbus as a replacement for older transporters such as the Hercules C-130 it can perform additional roles including electronic surveillance and aerial refuelling. This particular A400 is called "The City of Bristol" and is operated by 206(R) Squadron based at RAF Brize Norton photographed over the city and surrounding areas of Bristol, Gloucestershire. Its called the "The City of Bristol" due to the ties with the city, the wings are made in Filton, Bristol. ------------------------------------------------------- © Crown Copyright 2014 Photographer: Cpl Paul Oldfield Image 45158515.jpg from www.defenceimages.mod.uk This image is available for high resolution download at www.defenceimagery.mod.uk subject to the terms and conditions of the Open Government License at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/. Search for image number 45158515.jpg For latest news visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-defence Follow us: www.facebook.com/defenceimages www.twitter.com/defenceimages

The Royal Air Force Atlas A400M Atlas named “City of Bristol” banks in the skies over Bristol—Crown copyright/Cpl Paul Oldfield photo.

A Royal Air Force A400M Atlas aircraft flies over RAF Brize Norton on 18th Nov 2014. The first of the UK’s A400M Atlas next-generation military transport aircraft was officially unveiled by the MOD at its new home at RAF Brize Norton in November 2014. The aircraft will replace the existing fleet of C-130 Hercules which have been the tried and trusted workhorse of the RAF’s Air Transport Fleet for decades. Manufactured by Airbus Defence & Space, A400M Atlas will represent major advances on its predecessor, capable of flying almost twice as fast, twice as far and carrying almost twice as much cargo. With a cargo capacity of 32 tonnes and a hold optimised for carriage of heavy vehicles, helicopters or cargo pallets, the aircraft is capable of supporting a wide range of operational scenarios. ------------------------------------------------------- © Crown Copyright 2014 Photographer: Steve Lympany Image 45158360.jpg from www.defenceimages.mod.uk This image is available for high resolution download at www.defenceimagery.mod.uk subject to the terms and conditions of the Open Government License at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/. Search for image number 45158360.jpg For latest news visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-defence Follow us: www.facebook.com/defenceimages www.twitter.com/defenceimages

An RAF A400M Atlas aircraft flies overhead—Crown copyright/Steve Lympany photo

An A400M at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2014 at Fairford, one of the largest Airshows in the UK. The A400M aircraft, when in RAF service, will be named ATLAS and the RAF will take delivery of its first of 22 aircraft in Autumn 2014 with deliveries expected to be complete by 2019. The A400M, which is a collaborative venture involving the governments and industries of six European countries, will support the deployment of the Joint Rapid Reaction Force and will give the RAF a tactical and strategic-airlift aircraft capable of supporting all three services and be interoperable with other nations. The aircraft will be capable of carrying a load of 25 tonnes over a range of 2000nmls at speeds comparable with pure-jet military transports. It will be capable of operating either at low-level (down to 150ft agl) or at high-level altitudes to 40,000ft, and it will be able to deploy troops and/or equipment between and within theatres of operation either by parachute (up to 108 paratroopers), or by landing on short, unprepared or semi-prepared strips. It will also offer significant improvements in reliability, maintenance and operating costs over the C-130J fleet. ------------------------------------------------------- © Crown Copyright 2014 Photographer: Cpl Neil Bryden RAF Image 45157920.jpg from www.defenceimages.mod.uk This image is available for high resolution download at www.defenceimagery.mod.uk subject to the terms and conditions of the Open Government License at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/. Search for image number 45157920.jpg For latest news visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-defence Follow us: www.twitter.com/defenceimages

The RAF Airbus A400M Atlas is an extreme performer: aerial refueling capable; 108 paratroopers; 25 tons for 2000 nautical miles; jet aircraft speeds; low to high level operation as well as operating from unimproved airstrips with the RAF anticipated to purchase 22 of these aircraft—Crown copyright/Cpl Neil Bryden RAF

 

 

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  1. 6 January 2017 05:04

    Hi Joe, living a few miles from RAF Brize Norton, I see these in the air on a daily basis. Great machine with a wonderful sound.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      6 January 2017 07:51

      Lucky you! I think I may know that sound, if the scimitar propellers make that signature sound, from an E-2 Hawkeye overflight. But the A400 is such a larger aircraft its sound must be much more powerful. Or I could be totally off–it won’t be the only time today 😉

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