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Grizzly 2 takes off in Latin America…

(credit: Airbus Military)

The European transport plane, the Airbus A400M, is currently touring Latin America. This is his first outing on this continent. And also the opportunity for high altitude testing. Grizzly 2 – one of five aircraft built by Airbus military – first landed in Santiago, Chile on March 23. Piloted by Ignacio “Nacho” Lombo, it then headed to Cochabamba in Bolivia, an airport located at 2550 meters.

The 1000th flight hour

The time to return to the FIDAE Airshow in Santiago allowed us to reach an important milestone, that of the 1000th flight hour. After the Lima stage in Peru, the destination of La Paz in Bolivia was an interesting stopover, at more than 3.960 m.

Nacho Lombo knows the terrain a little. It was he who landed at the controls of an Airbus A380 for the first time, in 2008.

The second series in assembly, a device delivered to France in 2013

The second series of A400Ms has started to be assembled on the Airbus Military assembly line in Seville (Spain). The integration of the wings on the MSN8 model already began in February, the manufacturer said. The rest of the other components of the second A400M intended for delivery to the French Air Force arrived in Seville in mid-March. Elements manufactured in three countries: from Saint Nazaire (France) for the nose of the aircraft, from Bremen (Germany) for the fuselage, from Stade (also in Germany) for the vertical fin, from the Tablada site (Seville) for the horizontal fin. This device should be delivered next year (2013) to France.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).