14 DECEMBER 2009


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Article from BTNews 14 DECEMBER 2009

Airbus flies

AIRBUS A400M turboprop military transport took to the sky last Friday under the command of Cornishman Captain Ed Strongman.  The Airbus A400M features the same proven fly-by-wire controls technology as the highly successful airliner family and an advanced cockpit that has evolved from that of the A380.  Carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) wings and other large structures bring weight and strength advantages and cut the risk of corrosion.  The wings are made at Filton.  A total of 184 aircraft have so far been ordered by Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. www.airbusmilitary.com

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