Impressive A400M dirt field testing

Airbus has been testing its A400M Atlas military transport on unprepared surfaces in recent months.  Here’s video of its tests on a sand landing strip, showing how engineers measure the disturbance of the surface by the aircraft’s passage and other important parameters.

Considering that the A400M’s maximum rated landing weight is over 130 short tons, it’s pretty impressive that it can handle unprepared surfaces like that.  I bet the landing gear takes a beating in the process.



  1. A400M way over budget and far behind schedule. A nightmare for the manufacturer and for the militaries as well.

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