Huge Airbus A400M Atlas makes spectacular beach landing

Huge Airbus A400M Atlas makes spectacular beach landing

An airbus A400M from RAF Brize Norton making a rare visit to Pembrey sands to conduct natural surfaces operations. With the weather being wet prior to the aircraft arriving the pilot conducted some low approaches then some touch and go’s before the all clear to land the 76 tonne aircraft on the beach.

General characteristics

Crew: 3 or 4 (2 pilots, 3rd optional, 1 loadmaster)
Capacity: 37,000 kg (81,600 lb)
116 fully equipped troops / paratroopers[136]
up to 66 stretchers accompanied by 25 medical personnel[136]
cargo compartment: width 4.00-metre (13.12 ft) x height 3.85-metre (12.6 ft) x length 17.71-metre (58.1 ft) (without ramp 5.40-metre (17.7 ft))[136]
Length: 45.1 m (148 ft 0 in)
Wingspan: 42.4 m (139 ft 1 in)
Height: 14.7 m (48 ft 3 in)
Wing area: 225.1 m2 (2,384 sq ft)
Empty weight: 76,500 kg (168,654 lb) ; operating weight
Gross weight: 120,000 kg (264,555 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 141,000 kg (310,852 lb)
Fuel capacity: 50,500 kg (111,300 lb) internal fuel
Max landing weight: 123,000 kg (271,200 lb)
Powerplant: 4 × Europrop TP400-D6 turboprop, 8,200 kW (11,000 hp) each
Propellers: 8-bladed Ratier-Figeac FH385 and FH386 variable pitch tractor propellers with feathering and reversing capability (FH385 anticlockwise on engines 2 and 4, FH386 clockwise on engines 1 and 3)[95], 5.3 m (17 ft 5 in) diameter
Performance

Cruise speed: 781 km/h (485 mph, 422 kn) at 9,450 m (31,000 ft)[92]
Initial cruise altitude: 9,000 m (29,000 ft) at MTOW
Range: 3,300 km (2,100 mi, 1,800 nmi) at max payload (long range cruise speed; reserves as per MIL-C-5011A)
Range at 30-tonne payload: 4,500 km (2,450 nmi)
Range at 20-tonne payload: 6,400 km (3,450 nmi)
Ferry range: 8,700 km (5,400 mi, 4,700 nmi)
Service ceiling: 12,200 m (40,000 ft)
Wing loading: 637 kg/m2 (130.4[92] lb/sq ft)
Tactical takeoff distance: 980 m (3,215 ft), aircraft weight 100 tonnes (98 long tons; 110 short tons), soft field, ISA, sea level
Tactical landing distance: 770 m (2,530 ft) (as above)
Turning radius (ground): 28.6 m

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By: jesusmessenger (779.70)

Tags: Airbus A400M Atlas, RAF, Pembry, sand landing

Location: uk