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The first A400M flight training

(credit: Airbus Military)

(BRUSSELS2) Five of them took off from Toulouse. Five Airbus A400Ms in a show of force and image over the Pyrenees.

Grizzlies 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 took off from Toulouse on Thursday (June 7), taking off then flying in formation. No particular maneuver or test was carried out, Airbus Industry was told.

After the flight, each plane resumed its tests. The MSN1 continues the maneuver quality tests. The MSN2 works on air/air refueling with refueling pod stability tests. The MSN3 does engine performance testing. The MSN4 is undergoing pressurization and oxygen testing. While the MSN6 is under reliability testing…

At the end of May, MSN2 concluded tests on unpaved tracks in Cottbus-Drewitz; the Grizzly 2 had thus carried out a series of taxis on a grass surface, including with emergency braking, with maximum intensity, during take-off.

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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).